A group of WWII 100th Battalion soldiers and their friends decide to hit the slopes and enjoy an exciting sled ride down the snowy Italian Alps. Nearly a dozen passengers are dressed in warm winter gear and sit together in a large sled. Some of them traveled with pairs of skis, and they all look ahead with anticipation as they travel down the steep mountain. The path is lined with tracks due to other sleds that previously traveled down the slope, and the sides are decorated with abundant rows of trees, some of which have lost their leaves due to the harsh climate of the Alps. The snow is quite thick, but fortunately for the skiers, it's the perfect condition to enjoy some fun winter activities.
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.