A Salute to Joe Hayashi. A Hero's Hero.
Joe Hayashi, of Salinas California, enlisted in the Army in March 1941. He was initially stationed at the Presidio, then went to Fort Sheridann, IL for 3 years, and then to Camp Shelby, MS. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant after leaving the Presidio and became a drill sergeant for Company K of the 442nd RCT at Camp Shelby.
Hayashi volunteered to serve with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. This unit was mostly made up of men from