The Go For Broke Monument began development in 1988 by Buddy Mamiya and Colonel Young O. Kim in collaboration with other 100 and 442 veterans as part of what is now the Go For Broke Educational Foundation. Their intent was to educate visitors about the group of young American men who fought for their country when they themselves were viewed and treated as a threat instead of citizens. They wanted to remind future generations that no one should ever be denied liberty or the rights of citizenship based on their race or ancestry.
The Foundation held an international competition in 1991 to select the design of the monument. After reviewing 138 submissions, Sansei (third generations-Japanese) architect Roger Yanagita's sloping black granite hill, which represented the battles of Italy, was chosen. Included in his design are approximately 16,126 engraved names of Japanese veterans, along with insignia from the various Japanese military units. The quote from veteran Ben Tamashiro above is also inscribed in the center of the monument.