Because of their position at the front, forward observers were vulnerable to attacks. But on the whole, Cannon Company suffered fewer casualties than other units.4 Despite its relatively small size, the company was an integral part of the entire regiment. Their support was crucial to the success of the Nisei soldiers. In his autobiography Blue Skies and Thunder, Private Virgil W. Westdale, a Nisei member of the 522nd, wrote, “One of the most valued compliments came from the 442nd Infantry when they said they could not have succeeded in the [of the Lost Battalion] without the support of their 522nd artillery battalion and the cannon company.”5 Cannon Company and Field Artillery worked together to make a highly efficient, successful team.
- 1Dorothy Matsuo, From Boyhood to War: History and Anecdotes of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (Honolulu, HI: Mutual Publishing, 1992), p. 144.
- 2Oral history interview with Wally Nunotani, May 25, 2002, Northern California, Tape #3, Hanashi Oral History Program, Go For Broke National Education Center, accessed on February 20, 2015,
- 5Virgil W. Westdale with Stephanie A. Gerdes, Blue Skies and Thunder: Farm Boy, Pilot, Inventor, TSA Officer, and WW II Soldier of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2009), p. 143.