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National Go For Broke Day April 5


National Go For Broke Day is observed annually on April 5.  

The phrase “Go for broke” has roots in Hawaiin Pidgin meaning “wager everything.”

Our strongest research points to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the United States Army as the reason for this day.  The 442nd RCT was a regimental size fighting unit composed mainly of American soldiers of Japanese descent who volunteered to fight in World War II.  The 442nd RCT is considered to be the most decorated infantry regiment in the history of the United States Army.  “Go for Broke” was the 442nd Regimental Combat Team motto.

The story doesn’t end there, though.  The date of April 5 is significant.  On that day, the first Medal of Honor recipient from this regiment was killed in action near Seravazza, Italy in 1945.  

Private First Class Sadao Munemori sacrificed his life for the men in his unit when they were pinned down by enemy fire near Seravazza, Italy.  The unit continued in battle near Serravezza, Carrara and Fosdinovo, Italy until April 14, 1945, and received the Presidential Unit Citation for outstanding accomplishments in combat. This was just one of eight Presidential Unit Citations the unit would be awarded during their service.

Not only were they the most decorated unit for its size and length of service, but 21 of the Medals of Honor were also awarded.  The 442nd Regimental Combat Team also earned 52 Distinguished Service Crosses, 1 Distinguished Service Medal, 560 Silver Stars, 22 Legion of Merit Medals, 15 Soldier’s Medals, 4,000 Bronze Stars and 9, 486 Purple Hearts.

The 1951 movie Go for Broke depicts the story of the 442nd RTC for the big screen.

Go for Broke Day truly signifies giving it your all regardless of the obstacles ahead.


Take a risk and Go for Broke. To learn more about the men of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team visit www.goforbroke.org.  Use #NationalGoForBrokeDay to post on social media.


Our research was unable to find the creator of National Go for Broke Day.

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