This Japanese-American Army Unit is the reason we celebrate the national “Go For Broke” Day

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – The Color Guard of the Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team stands at attention while citations are read following the fierce fighting in the Vosges area of France, November 12, 1944 – – Department of Defense)

An estimated 33,000 Japanese-Americans served in the military during and immediately after World War II, about 18,000 in the 442nd and 6,000 as part of the MIS (Military Intelligence Service).

by Joshua Axelrod, The ARMY TIMES, April 5, 2019:

National “Go For Broke Day!”

That phrase was allegedly coined by Hawaiian Pidgin craps players to mean “bet everything on a single roll.”  But it was popularized as the motto of the Army’s famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II.

In fact, National “Go For Broke” Day is celebrated on April 5 every year likely because it was on April 5, 1945, that Pfc. Sadao Munemori — the 442nd RCT’s first Medal of Honor recipient — was killed in action near Seravezza, Italy, according to a Department of Defense history of that highly decorated unit.

The 442nd RCT was made up entirely of Japanese-American soldiers and was formed during a time when that ethnic group was banned from military service after the attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor.

The Army eventually allowed Japanese-Americans  (known as “Nisei”)  to serve through the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion, the Military Intelligence Service and the 442nd RCT, which was officially activated on Feb. 1, 1943.

After finishing their training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, the soldiers of the 442nd RCT deployed to Italy in June 1944 to fight alongside the 100th IB.  By mid-August, the 100th was absorbed into the 442nd and the “go for broke” motto became an ingrained part of the unit’s identity.

In September 1944, the 442nd was reassigned to southern France where they helped liberate a few cities from German control.  They were reassigned again in March 1945 and helped — along with the 92nd Infantry Division, an all-black unit — drive German forces out of northern Italy.

Their accomplishments in battle inspired the U.S. to reinstate the draft in Japanese-American internment camps back home to allow them to fight as well:



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My personal best shots of beautiful New Mexico, USA

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – My favorite walking trail in Rio Rancho, with the Village of Corrales and Sandia Mountains in the distance – – June 6, 2019, 5 p.m. – – even though the temperature was 93 F, 34 C, it felt only like 70 F because of the dryness – – I love it!!)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – My favorite walking trail in Rio Rancho, with the Sandia Mountains, the Village of Corrales to the left and Albuquerque in the distance to the right, June 6, 2019, 8 p.m., temperature 86 F, 30 C – – with the dryness it only felt like about 68 F)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – from my favorite spot in Rio Rancho, looking at the Sandia Mountains, February 17, 2019, 5:30 p.m., temperature 40 F  (4 C)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Amazing clouds, taken on October 9, 2016, 6:30 p.m., from Rio Rancho’s public walking trail, looking at the Sandia Mountains)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – The peaceful Rio Grande, as viewed from the Coronado Monument in Bernalillo, September 21, 2018)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – A partial rainbow over the northern portion of the Sandia Mountains, taken on June 14, 2015, 7:45 p.m., in Rio Rancho, looking at the Sandia Mountains and the Village of Corrales in the distance)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Amazing clouds as seen from across our street in Rio Rancho, taken on June 16, 2015, 8:15 p.m.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Looking at the Sandia Mountains from the Westside Blvd. in Rio Rancho, near Golf Course Rd., 4:45 p.m., rush hour – – folks coming back from work from Albuquerque, back to Rio Rancho)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – My favorite spot in the city of Rio Rancho, the North Beach area of the Bosque Preserve, with the Sandia Mountains in the background, March 16, 2019, 6:45 p.m. – – across the Rio Grande is the property of the Sandia Indian Reservation)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Snow, as seen on the east end of Rio Rancho, January 2, 2019)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Sundown in Rio Rancho, September 17, 2017, 7 p.m., taken at a public walkway trail)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Sandia Mountains at sundown, as seen from Rio Rancho, February 18, 2018)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – The western portion of the Village of Corrales, with the Sandia Mountains in the background, taken on January 14, 2019, 5 p.m., from Rio Rancho)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – The majestic white clouds over the Sandia Mountains, as seen from the east end of Rio Rancho, taken on October 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Sunset clouds overs Albuquerque, taken on August 22, 2017, 8 p.m., from Rio Rancho)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Plenty of water in the Rio Grande, taken on May 11, 2019, 3:45 p.m., right by the North Beach area of Rio Rancho’s Bosque Preserve)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Magnificent sunset, as seen from our backyard in Rio Rancho, taken on August 13, 2016, 7:45 p.m.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – The “Mothership” cloud, taken from the Cottonwood Mall in Albuquerque’s West Side, November 28, 2018, 5 p.m.)



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JT4 – – military pilots’ ultimate career opportunities, a doorway to Area 51

An update from

JT4 provides engineering and technical support to multiple western test ranges for the U.S. Air Force and Navy under the Joint Range Technical Services Contract, better known as J-Tech II.

Ranges supported by JT4 include:

Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) – – Nevada

Space Test and Training Range (STTR) at Schriever Air Force Base – – Colorado

Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR) – – Utah

Air Force Test Center 412th Test Wing (412TW) at Edwards Air Force Base – – California

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD at China Lake) – – California




JT4 is supported by several teammate companies on the J-Tech II Contract.

Together we develop and maintain realistic integrated test and training environments.

We prepare our nation’s war-fighting aircraft, weapons systems, and air crews for today’s missions and tomorrow’s global challenges.




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Ghost Riders In The Sky – – music by Norio Hayakawa

Albuquerque, New Mexico’s inactive volcanic area – – photo taken a few years ago by yours truly.

I decided to use these photos in my cosmic instrumental version of this great traditional American folk song.

I hope you enjoyed this.



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