Mikio Hasemoto (KIA 11/30/1943)

性別 Male
生年月日 1916-7-13
出生地 Honolulu HI, U.S.A.
所属・部署 Army
兵役のタイプ War
所属部隊のタイプ Combat
所属部隊 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 100th Infantry Battalion (original), Company B
所属部隊の役割 Infantry
所属部隊での個人的役割 Automatic rifleman
主な戦闘(交戦地帯へ従軍した場合) Naples-Foggia Campaign
勲章・褒章(個人又は所属部隊) One of 22 Asian Pacific Americans awarded the Medal of Honor (posthumously) at ceremonies at the White House on June 21, 2000. He had received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Army's highest medal for extraordinary heroism. His citation for the Medal of Honor states:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3, 1863, has awarded in the name of The Congress the Medal of Honor to


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:

Private Mikio Hasemoto distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 29 November 1943, in the vicinity of Cerasuolo, Italy. A force of approximately 40 enemy soldiers armed with machine guns, machine pistols, rifles, and grenades attacked the left flank of his platoon. Two enemy soldiers with machine guns advanced forward, firing their weapons. Private Hasemoto, an automatic rifleman, challenged these two machine gunners. After firing four magazines at the approaching enemy, his weapon was shot and damaged. Unhesitatingly, he ran 10 yards to the rear, secured another automatic rifle and continued to fire until his weapon jammed. At this point, Private Hasemoto and his squad leader had killed approximately 20 enemy soldiers. Again, Private Hasemoto ran through a barrage of enemy machine gun fire, to pick up an M-1 rifle. Continuing their fire, Private Hasemoto and his squad leader killed 10 more enemy soldiers. With only three enemy left, he and his squad leader charged courageously forward, killing one, wounding another, and capturing another. The following day, Private Hasemoto continued to repel enemy attacks until he was killed by enemy fire.

Private Hasemoto'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.

その他の情報 'Pvt. Mikio Hasemoto had faced down two German machinegunners, firing four clips before his own gun was shot and damaged. More enemy were advancing, and Sergeant (Allan) Ohata rushed 15 yards...While Hasemoto dashed back to the rear to get another automatic rifle. Together, Ohata and Hasemoto repulsed the attack, killing 20 enemy...They held their ground...but in the end Private Hasemoto was killed in action.' -- C. Douglas Sterner, Home of Heroes, commenting on the camaraderie of Pvt. Hasemoto and Sgt. Ohata.

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