World War Two Rifle Combat Infantry Miniature Dress Badge
Silver and enamel badge 11/16 inch in height and 2 inches in width, consisting of an Infantry musket on a light blue bar with a silver border. The bar is blue, the color associated with the Infantry branch. The musket is adapted from the Infantry insignia of branch and represents the first official U.S. shoulder arm, 1795 model Springfield Arsenal musket. Straight safety pin.
Henry Hirokawa was an American of Japanese ancestry from Hawaii. During World War Two, Mr. Hirokawa served with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was an infantry regiment in the United States Army comprised of Americans of Japanese ancestry. The 442nd fought in Italy and France during World War II against the German Army of Hitler's Third Reich. The 442nd earned a reputation for being a crack infantry unit and the regiment and its men received considerable battle honors and individual medals of valor. This badge pin belonged to Mr. Hirokawa. It came to the museum via Barbara Gal, ex-wife of Masami Hirokawa, the son of Henry and Trudy Hirokawa.