REGIMENTAL REGIMEN

There are some errors about the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Jan Breslauer's otherwise fine article about actor-writer Lane Nishikawa ("Nephew of the Regiment," March 3).

The 442nd was not part of the 522nd Artillery. In World War II, artillery battalions were part of regimental combat teams.

The 522nd Artillery Battalion was not the most highly decorated unit in U.S. military history. It is almost inconceivable that any artillery battalion would be.

The 100th Infantry Battalion (it, as I recall, was the most decorated unit in WWII) was not the other all-Japanese American Army unit. The 442nd RCT comprised three numbered infantry battalions, one of which was the 100th.

Incidentally, the 442nd was not an all-Nisei organization; it more accurately was all-Asian American. It fought in Italy as a part of the distinguished 92nd Infantry "Buffalo" Division that is commonly remembered as being all-black. Thus, its members may claim, if they ever choose, to be a part of the Army's equally renowned Buffalo Soldiers tradition.

DAVID K. CARLISLE

Los Angeles

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