Children playfully tease each other as they pose for a photograph along a small dirt road in Italy. They are all dressed in outfits consisting of light clothing and swimwear as they enjoy a nice, youthful day out in the sunshine together. Many of the children face towards the camera with wide, toothy grins spread across their faces; while a handful of them stare back with confused, baffled expressions as they were caught off guard by the photographer. Towards the right of the photograph, a young girl is quite visibly upset; perhaps she is uncomfortable with the photographer taking a photograph of her and her friends.
Taken by George Sakata, a photographer featured throughout our website. George was a member of the infamous 100th Division 442nd Nisei Regimental Combat Team in WWII. This was the only Japanese American unit in WWII and was nicknamed the "Go For Broke" unit. The 442nd had a casualty rate of 93% and was awarded 21 Medal of Honors. Click here for more information on the 442nd RCB unit.