Ronald Oba
F Company, 442nd RCT

First Experience of War

Ronald Oba

At Civitavecchia, the 100th becomes a part of the 442nd, but retains its designation as the 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate).

In late June 1944, the 2nd and 3rd Battalions are ordered to take Belvedere. This first foray is riddled with miscommunication and missteps. F Company, in reserve for E and G Companies, unexpectedly finds itself in a forward position and encounters a German Panzer tank.

Killed in action are three men of F Company.