veteran's = veteran interested Go For Broke Association

 

SHOULDER PATCH

The Shoulder Patch symbolizes the crusading spirit of the men who chose the design depicting the flaming torch of liberty held high.  This signifies their willingness to take up arms for the defense of all people regardless of race or color.


UNIT CREST

The Crest comprises the shield and the motto "Go For Broke" which means "Give your all or give everything you've got". The taro leaf which comes from the coat of arms of the 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate) identifies Hawai'i.  The Steamboat symbolizes the place of activation of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team - Camp Shelby, Mississippi.

 

 

 

http://www.gfbassn.org

About Us

Who We Are??

THE GO FOR BROKE ASSOCIATION is a 501(c)(19) not organized for profit veterans’ organization.  The regular voting member of the Association is, "Every person who performed honorable military service with the 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), 442d Regimental Combat Team, 442d Regiment, 100th Battle Group, 100th Battalion, 442d Regiment; or any predecessor unit at any time" (1978 Bylaws).

The Association is incorporated on February 27, 1978 for the following purpose: To provide for the voluntary and mutual assistance, entertainment, enjoyment, and social improvement of the members of the 100th Battalion, 442d Infantry United States Army Reserve (USAR).  100th Battalion, 442d Infantry USAR is in recruiting and retention effort and maintain the unit at the highest strength attainable to enable the unit to effectively participate in the defense of the United States of America, To provide generally for the moral, mental, and physical well-being of its members, and To acquire property for the Corporate purposes by grant, gift, purchase, devise or bequest, and to hold and to dispense of the same, subject to such limitations as army be prescribed by law.  We are The Go For Broke Association.

Lineage And Honors Information

https://history.army.mil/html/forcestruc/lineages/branches/inf/0442in100bn.htm

Our History

August 15, 1946, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, including the 100th Infantry Battalion, was Inactivated at Honolulu, Hawaii.

March 27, 1947 it was allotted to the Organized Reserves.

July 31, 1947 Organized Reserves Activated with Headquarters at Fort DeRussy, Hawai'i.

March 25, 1948 - Organized Reserves redesignated as the Organized Reserve Corps.

July 9, 1952 -  Organized Reserves Corps redesignated as the Army Reserve

May 29, 1959: The 100th Battle Group, 442d Infantry was officially dedicated as a Ready Reserve unit in Honolulu, Hawaii stationed at Fort DeRussy, Hawaii under the Commanding Officer Colonel Walter Mookini until 1960.

May 1, 1964: The DoD re-named the unit the 100th Battalion, 442d Infantry (USAR).  The 100th Battalion, 442d Infantry Regiment USAR, is the remaining infantry unit in the U.S. Army Reserve force structure.

During the Korean War, all company grade officers and senior NCOs were recalled to active duty. The battalion also participated in "Operation Koolau" with the 25th Infantry Division and "Exercise Coral Sands" with the 11th Infantry Brigade (1965).

May 13, 1968, The 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry (USAR) was mobilized on May 13, 1968 at Fort DeRussy, Hawai'i during the Vietnam War Era, to provide individual replacements and as a strategic reserve unit. Nine soldiers were killed in action.

12 December 1969, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry (USAR) after returning from active military service and the unit reverted back to reserve status. 

December 1980, a detachments element was activated in Pago, Pago,American Samoa and evolved to become Company B.

Several months later, Company C was established in Guam and on the Island of Saipan in the Marianas.

In 1989, Company C was relocated from Saipan to Pago Pago, American Samoa.

February 15, 1999, Company A was inactivated from Fort DeRussy, Honolulu,Hawaii.

February 16, 1999, Company E was established on Guam, with Echo Detachment 1 on the Island of Saipan.

Headquarters and Headquarters Company Detachment 1 is located in Hilo, Hawai'i.

The Headquarters and Headquarters Company commands and Delta Company is relocated at Fort Shafter Flats, Honolulu, Hawai'i.

July 1999 - The Headquarters and Headquarters Company and Delta Company was relocated to Fort Shafter Flats, Honolulu, Hawai'i.

2002, The Battalion Annual Training at Schofield Barracks.

Photoshttps://photos.app.goo.gl/8Hixef4Havst9FW29

August 18, 2004, the Battalion was mobilized for duty in support of Operation Iraq Freedom III with the 29th Infantry Brigade (Seperate) of the Hawaii Army National Guard from Honolulu, Hawaii. The lengthy training took them from Schofield Barrack, Hawaii onto the training ground of Fort Bliss, Texas, and to Fort Polk, Lousiana, and further to Kuwait and the final location stationed 50 miles northwest of Baghdad at Logistical Support Area Anaconda.

Short Video's at the following location's:

-Schofield Barracks, Hawaii: https://youtu.be/AL2Tc09qZUk

-Aloha Stadium, Hawaii: https://youtu.be/0H4TtMnUCqY

-Fort Bliss Texas and Fort Polk, Lousiana: https://youtu.be/JzaiO0b3mq4

-LSA Anaconda, Iraq: https://youtu.be/hHMMrdWUrAY

January 2006: The 29th Infantry Brigade (Seperate) of the Hawaii Army National Guard and the 100th Battalion, 442d Infantry Regiment USAR returned to Hawaii following a successful mission in Iraq. The 100th Battalion / 442d Infantry Regiment USAR was awarded its Meritorious Unit Commendation for service in Iraq. Five members of the 100th Battalion, 442d Infantry were Killed in Action and with deployed of 732 Soldiers.

During the year-long deployment one of the unit discovering over 50+ weapons caches while deployed in Iraq.  Unlike the soldiers of World War II who were predominantly Japanese Americans these soldiers came from as far away as Miami, Florida, Tennessee, Alaska and included soldiers from Hawaii, Philippines, Samoa, Guam, Saipan and Palau.

13 March 2006: 100th Battalion, 442d Infantry USAR was release from active military service and reverted back to reserve status.

March 2007: A small platoon size element (29 Soldiers) from Company D of the 100th Battalion / 442d Infantry USAR were place on active military status for duty in the Philippine's with a Joint Forces Service mission.

Short Video of Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines:  https://youtu.be/p9hxMIGo-EI

December 2007 - The platoon size element from Company D of the 100th Battalion, 442d Infantry USAR returned to Hawaii following a successful mission and reverted back to reserve status.

August 19, 2008 - The 100th Battalion, 442d Infantry USAR received active military service orders attached with the 29th Infantry Brigade (Seperate) of the Hawaii Army National Guard with combat Training at Fort Hood, Texas and follow on duty in Iraq and Kuwait.

During the deployment of the Battalion which performed many more combat mission in Kuwait and Iraq, performing over 1500 combat missions covering 1.3 million miles of roads.

August 2009 - 100th Battalion, 442d Infantry USAR was release from active military service and reverted back to reserve status. Unit lost two Soldiers with a non-combat while training at Fort Hood, Texas and one Kill In Action (KIA) in Operation Iraqi Freedom XI.

Short Video of Operation Enduring Freedom-8https://youtu.be/tkeSGx5gJ5s

On September 16, 2010 the 740th Combat Support Company was activated under the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment (USAR) with special support for maintenance, cooks, transportation, fuel, and logistical assistance. Read more   http://www.hawaiiarmyweekly.com/2010/10/01/740th-csc-stands-up-to-support-famed-100th-bn-442nd-inf-regt/

Headquartered located at Fort Shafter Flats, Honolulu, Hawai'i, the unit is under the command and control of the 9th Mission Support Command (USAR). It is also one of the infantry battalions falls under the 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (USAR), Honolulu, Hawaii.

September 2011, The Battalion conducted two week training in Malaysia.

Short Video of Malaysia Traininghttps://youtu.be/rey_C-XrWsI

2012, The Battalion conducted two week training in Balikitan, Philippines.

Short Video of the Battalion training in Philippines: https://youtu.be/HZL5gAoc2og

January 2015, Thirteen current members of the 100th Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt., 9th MSC, sing their battalion song at the conclusion of the Legion of Honor Ceremony at the Japanese Cultural Center, Jan. 23. The current Soldiers sang to honor Nisei veterans who had served before them and to display pride for the continued legacy of service in the “Go for Broke” Bn. Read more  http://www.hawaiiarmyweekly.com/2015/01/30/emotional-ceremony-offers-thanks-honors-a-legacy/

April 2015, On a rainy Saturday, the men of the only infantry battalion in the U.S. Army Reserve stood proudly in formation as Lt. Col. Kenneth Tafao took command of 100th Inf. Bn., 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 9th Mission Support Command, from outgoing commander Lt. Col. Daniel Austin, during a ceremony, here, April 11. Read more http://www.hawaiiarmyweekly.com/2015/04/17/new-leader-joins-go-for-broke-battalion/

June 2015, 100th Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt. Soldier provides security during the battalion’s JRTC rotation with the 3rd BCT, 25th ID, at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Read more   http://www.hawaiiarmyweekly.com/2015/06/12/reserves-go-for-broke-joins-broncos-for-super-bowl-of-army-training/

November 2016, 100th Battalion Soldiers participate in amphibious landing training with multi-national armies and marines during Exercise Croix du Sud 2016, Plum, New Caledonia, Nov. 15. Croix du Sud, which means “Southern Cross” in French, is a multinational military exercise organized every two years by the French Armed Forces in New Caledonia, with a scenario based on the devastating aftermath of a category four cyclone. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Chanelcherie K. DeMello, 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 9th Mission Support Command). Read more   http://www.hawaiiarmyweekly.com/2016/12/02/9th-msc-represents-u-s-army-reserve-in-exercise-croix-du-sud/

June 18, 2017, Soldiers of Echo Company and Bravo Company, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment receive instruction from an Observer/Controller (OC) of the 196th Infantry Brigade (Training Support Brigade) during exercise Lava Forge, at Kahuku Training Area, Hawaii. Read more  http://www.hawaiiarmyweekly.com/2017/06/29/go-for-broke-troops-immerse-in-weeks-of-lava-forge-battle/

June 2017, Lt. Col. Kenneth Tafao, outgoing commander of the 100th Inf. Bn., is passed the battalion colors during a change of command ceremony, June 22, at Fort Shafter Flats, U.S. Army Reserve Daniel K. Inouye Complex. Tafao relinquished command to Lt. Col. Matthew L. Cloud, a native of Illinois. Col. Joseph A. Ricciardi, commander, 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, and Command Sgt. Maj. Joshua T. Mason, command sergeant major, 100th Inf. Bn., witnessed the ceremony. Read more http://www.hawaiiarmyweekly.com/2017/07/13/go-for-broke-battalion-receives-cloud/

August 27, 2017, Charlie Company of 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry (USAR) which located in American Samoa, Historic 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry (USAR), Welcomes Army Reserve’s 1st Female Infantry Commander with the passing of the Company guidon from receiving 1st Lietenant Siva to Lt. Col. Matthew Cloud into CPT Carneen Cotton. Read more https://www.dvidshub.net/news/249714/historic-100th-welcomes-army-reserves-1st-female-infantry-commander

On May 12, 2018 will be the 41st Go For Broke Annual Banquet Diner since the activation of 100th Battalion 442d Infantry United States Army Reserve (USAR) on 27 July 1947 will be a celebration of the 50th Anniversary. Please join us of the memories of the transition from career of 100th Battalion 442d Infantry USAR.

May 2018, Echo Company, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, 9th Mission Support Command, pull security as military trucks and other equipment disembark from a floating vessel in Koumac, New Caledonia, May 20, during Croix Du Sud. Croix Du Sud is a multi-joint exercise consisting of military forces from several countries conducting military air, land and maritime operations. Read More http://www.hawaiiarmyweekly.com/2018/06/11/9th-mission-support-command-participates-in-croix-du-sud-2018/

July 2018, Bravo Company, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, 9th Mission Support Command, during a situational training exercise at East Range in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, July 11, 2018. The exercise will validate the unit’s skills in preparation for Lightning Forge 18. Read more http://www.hawaiiarmyweekly.com/2018/07/24/100th-infantry-bn-442nd-inf-regt-prepares-for-lightning-forge-18/

September 2018, Charlie Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment (USAR) At a change of command ceremony yesterday at the Konelio Pele Reserve Center, Captain Carneen Cotton who has been commander of the Charlie Company passed the baton to Captain Timothy Shea. Read more https://www.talanei.com/2018/09/06/capt-carneen-cotton-passes-baton-to-capt-shea/

November 2018, Echo Company, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, 9th Mission Support Command, clear debris along Beach Road, Garapan, in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yutu, Oct. 29, Saipan. Read more http://www.hawaiiarmyweekly.com/2018/11/02/100th-bn-442nd-inf-regt-provides-super-typhoon-yutu-relief-efforts/

8 December 2018, The "Go For Broke Association" Board of Director' Annually visit ten (10) graves site of our fallen combat veterans that Kill in action while served with 100th Battalion 442nd Infantry United States Army Reserve (U.S.A.R) at the National Cemetery Punchbowl of the Pacific, Mililani Cemetery and Hawaii Cemetery (Hilo, Hawaii). The visiting those Vietnam KIA's of nine (9) Soldiers and Operation Iraqi Freedom - SGT Cariage, Deyson K. This year the tenth Soldier were added base on the information of the Commander of Charlie Company Doug Hill during OIF-3 mission. Reminder on this video the person laying the lei served with 9 Soldier during Vietnam Era.

Short videohttps://youtu.be/EOi0RZer-b0

March 2019, Annual News Letter (01/2019)

1-3 March 2019, Elite Soldiers compete for title of "Best Warrior". 

The Army Reserve winners were Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Sgt. Christopher Hadley, Bravo Co., 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment and Soldier of the Year Spc. John Aquino, Echo Co., 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment. Read More: 

https://www.army.mil/article/218148/elite_soldiers_compete_for_title_of_best_warrior

October 26, 2019 - 50th Annivesary Memorial Service to "REMEMBER, RETELL, REAFFIRM" those Soldiers during VIETNAM (1968-1969 Mobilization) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2004-2006 Deployment).

Legacy Speech by Ray Gandy (Retire BG)

KITV news report documentary

Honolulu Star Advertiser

More Photo's from the Event.

Since its reactivation, the unit underwent several organizational changes between 1947 and current; from a Battle Group to a Battalion, and finally, to its current structure. Today, the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment (USAR) is the only ground combat unit in the United States Army Reserves.

Soldiers in the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment (USAR) are well aware of the heritage they inherited and the record they must uphold from the original 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regiment Combat Team, the most decorated unit size and length of service in the 240 year history of the United States Army.