A group of soldiers belonging to the US Army 100th Battalion are gathered around their military jeep at the side of the road. Three of them are inspecting their jeep, which may have malfunctioned, while another member stares down the road towards the photographer. A thick row of shrubbery lines the side of the road adjacent to the jeep and is decorated with long, narrow trees on the opposite side. Curiously enough, the trunks of the trees have been painted white; perhaps they have been marked in order to signify that they will be taken down. Behind the trees are more grasses and shrubs, as well as electrical posts spaced evenly throughout the middle of the field.
The 100th Infantry Battalion was initially made up almost entirely of Japanese Americans from Hawaii and the first group of Japanese-American soldiers who fought in World War II. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had greatly damaged the reputation of Japanese-Americans, whose allegiance to America was now strongly called into question. However, the diligent combat training and experience of the battalion soldiers in Italy reversed these doubts, and the battalion was eventually integrated into the legendary 442nd Regimental Combat Team.