Nisei Warriors of World War II
All school children that receive
this study assignment
will learn about the medals and
the men that earned them.
In 1944, the 100th Infantry Battalion
became part of the 442nd
Regimental Combat Team. Though
the 100th Infantry kept their
designation, this combined unit
became the single, most decorated
military unit in history.
It also became a unit that would go down in
history as one of the most legendary.
The Nisei Warriors were the heroes
of those legends. This is their story.
442nd Regimental Combat Team
442nd Regimental Combat Team
"The Last Clip"
This is a picture of S/Sgt Kazuo
Otani battling in the foothills of Italy
during World War II. One of his
men was wounded on open ground.
S/Sgt Otani crawled out alone and
dragged the man back to a shallow
ditch and treated him before becoming
mortally wounded himself.
Many other Asian-American recipients
also served in Italy
and risked their lives in aiding
fallen comrades back to safety.
Hibiscus is the
state flower of Hawaii.
I just received this wonderful
letter from Senator Daniel K. Inouye.
Thank you very much Senator. It
is the least that I could do for you heroes.
July 19, 2000
Dear Mr. Henriott:
On June 21st, together with nineteen
of my comrades of my regiment, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, I received
the Medal of Honor from the President at a White House ceremony.
I find myself unable to find the appropriate words to express my deep gratitude
to my country for this highest of honors.
An honor of this nature should
be shared with many others. The emotions and commitment that led
to that moment were made a part of me by my grandparents and parents.
I regret that they were not here to share this moment with me. Furthermore,
my military contributions to America’s cause were made possible because
of the unwavering support I received from the gallant men of my platoon.
This Medal of Honor belongs to my grandparents, parents and the men of
my platoon. I accept this great honor in their behalf.
I shall long remember your warm
words of congratulations and friendship. I hope my conduct will continue
to merit your gracious words of support.
I am honored to learn that you
have taken the time to develop web pages for the twenty-two recipients
of the Medal of Honor.
Our family has a Hawaiian connection.
Our son, Curt, was born in the Territory
of Hawaii 1958 and our daughter,
Desiree, was born in the State of Hawaii 1960.
Last but not least my lovely wife
made her citizenship in Hawaii 1960. I was
stationed at Schofield Barracks with the 25th
Infantry Division 1958 to 1961.
Aloha from the Webmaster
This is my 4th of July, 2000
gift to these
"Go For Broke"
Hawaiian slang for
to risk everything,
give everything you have
--all or nothing!.
The 22 Asia-American Recipients:
(listed in alphabetical order)
Staff/Sgt (later 2nd Lt) Rudolph
Pvt Barney F. Hajiro
Pvt. Mikio Hasemoto
Pvt Shizuya Hayashi
Pvt Joe Hayashi
1st Lt (later Capt) Daniel K. Inouye
Tech/Sgt Yeiki Kobashigawa
Staff/Sgt Robert T. Kuroda
Pfc Kaoru Moto
Pfc Kiyoshi K. Muranaga
Pvt Masato Nakae
Pvt Shinyei Nakamine
Pfc William K. Nakamura
Pfc Joe M. Nishimoto
Sgt (later Staff/Sgt) Allan M.
Tech/Sgt James Okubo
Tech/Sgt Yukio Okutsu
Pfc Frank H. Ono
Staff/Sgt Kazuo Otani
Pvt George T. Sakato
Tech/Sgt Ted T. Tanouye
Capt Francis B. Wai
The most famous of the group is
Senator Daniel K. Inouye. His citation
The President of the United States
authorized by Act of Congress,
March 3, 1863,
has awarded in the name of The
the Medal of Honor to
FIRST LIEUTENANT DANIEL K. INOUYE
UNITED STATES ARMY
for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity
at the risk of his life above and beyond
the call of duty: First Lieutenant
Daniel K. Inouye distinguished himself by
extraordinary heroism in action
on 21 April 1945, in the vicinity of San Terenzo,
Italy. While attacking a defended
ridge guarding an important road junction,
First Lieutenant Inouye (then Second
Lieutenant) skillfully directed his platoon
through a hail of automatic weapons
and small arms fire in a swift enveloping
movement that resulted in the capture
of an artillery and mortar post and brought
his men to within 40 yards of the
hostile force. Emplaced in bunkers and rock
formations, the enemy halted the
advance with crossfire from three machine guns.
With complete disregard for personal
safety, First Lieutenant Inouye boldly
crawled up the treacherous slope
to within five yards of the nearest machine gun
and hurled two grenades, destroying
the emplacement. Before the enemy could
retaliate, he stood up and neutralized
a second machine gun nest with a burst
from his submachine gun. Although
wounded by a sniper’s bullet, he continued
to engage other hostile positions
at close range until an exploding grenade shattered
his right arm. Despite the intense
pain, he refused evacuation and continued to
direct his platoon until enemy
resistance was broken and his men were again
deployed in defensive positions.
In the attack, 25 enemy soldiers were killed and
eight others captured. By his gallant,
aggressive tactics and by his indomitable
leadership, he enabled his platoon
to advance through formidable resistance, and
was instrumental in the capture
of the ridge. First Lieutenant Inouye’s
extraordinary heroism and devotion
to duty are in keeping with the highest
traditions of military service
and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the
United States Army.
"The Last Clip"
View the full sized digital painting
by DreamWorks artist Matt Hall
specially commissioned for the
Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2000
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