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 – – using my inexpensive pocket camera


(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Beautiful autumn here in New Mexico, taken on October 23, 2019, 4:20 pm., in Rio Rancho by the Rio Grande (popularly known as the North Beach of Rio Rancho) – – in the background, part of the Sandia Mountains to the left and the Manzano Mountains to the right, way in the distance – – 72 degrees F (22 degrees C)

For directions on how to get to the North Beach area of Rio Rancho, go to the bottom of this page.

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – A festival of colors from Rio Rancho – – the desert, the river and the mountain – – taken on September 4, 2019, 7:15 p.m. – – again at the North Beach of the city)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – A “family outing” the day after the storm, from Rio Rancho, November 22, 2019, 5 pm, temperature 48 F (8 C) – -taken at the North Beach, by the Rio Grande, looking towards the Sandia Mountains.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – A peaceful scenery, taken on May 11, 2020, near the North Beach in Rio Rancho)

(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 – – Looking at the Sandia Mountains and Corrales in the background, from Rio Rancho….December 15, 2015….5 p.m…..temperature 30 degrees F  ( -2 degrees C).

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – I just love our beautiful desert environment here in New Mexico – – from Rio Rancho)

(CLICK ABOVE PHOTOS FOR ENLARGEMENT – – The eastern end of the city of Rio Rancho, a modern city, the third largest city in New Mexico with a population of 100,000.  Area wise, it’s so spacious and spread out that there are no need for any tall buildings.  There is no “downtown” in this city.  The tallest building in Rio Rancho is a 5 story hospital.  And that’s about it, except for a couple or three more office buldings 3 or 4 stories tall.)

(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 TO ENLARGE ABOVE – This is where I find peace and tranquility – – the view of the majestic Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande in New Mexico, USA – – taken from inside the Coronado Monument in Bernalillo.

In 1540, 500 Spanish soldiers (led by Francisco Vasquez de Coronado) and 2000 Indian allies from New Spain (Mexico) entered this spot, which was inhabited by prosperous native farmers, i.e. the Tiwa people, whose ancestors had already been living in this area for thousands of years.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – full moon in Rio Rancho – – a beautiful evening, with the Sandia Mountains on the right – -December 16, 2013, 5:15 p.m, temperature 45 degrees F  (7 degrees C) – – .this is just a part of the easternmost area of Rio Rancho, a city with a population of 100,000)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT  – – a few minutes later, the same location as previous photo)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Signs of autumn in New Mexico, taken on October 8, 2018, 1:15 p.m. atop the Sandia Crest in Albuquerque, temperature 34 degree C  (1 degrees C), cold and foggy.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – My ideal area for having a “Close Encounter” – –  The Cabezon Peak area, as seen from Hwy 550, just south of Cuba, New Mexico (between Rio Rancho and Cuba) – – November 1, 2018.)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – indeed there is something magical about Cabezon Peak – – photo taken in 2013)

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

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – “Fire in the Sky”, close-up shot of a great sunset taken from near Paseo del Norte and Louisiana Blvd. in Albuquerque, taken from a parking lot after we came out of a restaurant on October 27, 2018, celebrating my birthday !!)

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


How to get to the North Beach area of Rio Rancho.

From Rio Rancho:

Go east on 528 and make a right at Riverside Dr.  Immediately after passing the Rio Vista park on the right side, make a right at the first gravel road and drive on to the parking lot.  Park your vehicle.  Start walking towards the beach but then go to the right side and there will be several small trails that will take you towards the hill from where you can arrive to another parking lot.  The beach area is there.

From Corrales:

From Corrales Rd. going towards 528, make a left on Siphon Rd. (a well-maintained dirt/gravel road located right at the border line of Rio Rancho and Corrales).

Take this Siphon Rd.  (located alongside a small arroyo that separates Corrales from Rio Rancho) and drive to the parking lot.

This parking lot is not the same as the one accessed from a gravel road off Riverside Dr. in Rio Rancho (see above map).



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JT4 – – ultimate career opportunities, a doorway to Area 51 for military pilots and qualified engineers

An update from

In 2001, the Department of Defense streamlined support for test and training customers by merging the engineering and technical support management of several western test and training ranges into one contract, known as J-Tech.

On February 1, 2002, EG & G  (now known as AECOM – formerly known as URS)  and Raytheon Technical Services Company (RTSC) joined forces to create JT3.

The company helps its U.S. Air Force and Navy customers improve effectiveness while generating substantial cost savings and exceptional performance.

Since our founding, our workforce of more than 1,500 employees and teammates has supported thousands of test and training missions with a commitment to integrity, innovation and excellence.

Our dedication to being the nation’s premier provider of joint test, tactics and training support is consistently rewarded with record-breaking award fee scores.

We need knowledgeable engineers and skilled technicians ready to find innovations outside of a parts catalog.

We need collaborators who can find solutions to immediate problems and ways to share those solutions to support Air Force and Navy missions at all of our locations.

We’re looking for dedicated, passionate professionals who are interested in challenging government contracting positions that help keep our country safer.

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 including Groom Lake/Area 51) – – 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

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT OF NTTR – related areas, including Groom Lake/Area 51)


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

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

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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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