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Nisei War Heroes Receive Long-Delayed Recognition

Military: Seven Asian American veterans, including Sen. Daniel Inouye, will be awarded Medals of Honor this week.


For Sen. Akaka, the review of the Nisei combatants' records provided a special dividend.

"The stories documented for each of the 104 DSC recipients," he said, "will astonish and humble all who read them and underscore our faith in a nation that produces such heroes."


Associated Press writers Dara Akiko Williams in San Diego and Colleen Slevin in Denver contributed to this report.


Medal of Honor Honorees

Nearly six decades after their battlefield actions, 21 Asian American soldiers will receive the Medal of Honor at the White House on Wednesday.

Living recipients are:

* Staff Sgt. Rudolph Davila, 7th Infantry, who protected a company of 130 men caught in the open by heavy German fire and later silenced two enemy machine guns; at Artena, Italy, May 28, 1944.

* PFC Barney F. Hajiro, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, who wiped out two machine gun nests and killed two snipers before being wounded by a third machine gun; in France's Vosges Mountains, Oct. 29, 1944.

* Pvt. Shizuya Hayashi, 100th Infantry Battalion, who charged up a hill toward German positions, killed 20 enemy soldiers and captured four; near Cerasuolo, Italy, Nov. 29, 1943.

* 1st Lt. Daniel Inouye, 442nd, who, despite multiple wounds, crawled up a hill and used grenades and his submachine gun to knock out three German machine-gun nests; near Terenzo, Italy, April 20, 1945.

* Tech. Sgt. Yeiki Kobashigawa, 442nd, who led his platoon in destroying four German machine gun positions; near Lanuvio, Italy, June 2, 1944.

* Tech. Sgt. Yukio Okutsu, 442nd, who used grenades and his submachine gun to neutralize three German machine gun positions; on Mt. Belvedere in Italy, April 7, 1945.

* Pvt. George T. Sakato, 442nd, who killed five Germans and captured four as he charged enemy positions that had pinned down his platoon; at Biffontaine in France, Oct. 29, 1944.

Those receiving the medal posthumously:

* Pvt. Mikio Hasemoto, 100th Infantry Battalion, who killed 27 Germans in one battle and four in another; Cerasuolo, Italy, Nov. 29, 1943.

* Pvt. Joe Hayashi, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, who knocked out two machine guns before being killed; Tendola, Italy, April 22, 1945.

* Staff Sgt. Robert T. Kuroda, 442nd, who was killed by a sniper while rescuing a party of litter bearers removing wounded soldiers; Bruyeres, France, Oct. 20, 1944.

* Pfc. Kaoru Moto, 100th, who attacked a machine gun nest and took over a house used as an observation post, defending it despite wounds; Castellina, Italy, July 7, 1944.

* Pfc. Kiyoshi Muranaga, 442nd, who used a mortar with such accuracy and intensity that the Germans withdrew an antitank 88mm gun; Suvereto, Italy, June 26, 1944.

* Pvt. Masato Nakae, 100th, who defended an outpost position; Pisa, Italy, Aug. 19, 1944.

* Pvt. Shinyei Nakamine, 100th, who was killed attacking machine gun nests; La Torreto, Italy, June 2, 1944.

* Pfc. William K. Nakamura, 442nd, who attacked a machine gun nest pinning down his platoon and then was killed holding off enemy gunners as his unit withdrew; Castellina, Italy, July 4, 1944.

* Pfc. Joe M. Nishimoto, 442nd, who was killed in action after leading a breakthrough of a three-day stalemate; at La Houssiere, France, Nov. 7, 1944.

* Sgt. Allan M. Ohata, 100th, who, with a comrade, killed 27 Germans and took one prisoner; Cerasuolo, Italy, Nov. 25, 1943.

* Pfc. Frank Ono, 442nd, who took out a machine gun nest, killed a sniper and helped rescue a wounded man; Castellina, Italy, July 4, 1944.

* Staff Sgt. Kazuo Otani, 442nd, who drew enemy fire while covering his pinned-down platoon's advance, then was killed while tending a wounded soldier; at Pieve di S. Luce, Italy, July 15, 1944.

* Tech. Sgt. Ted T. Tanouye, 442nd, who, though suffering wounds that would be mortal, stayed with his unit through several firefights; at Molina a Ventoabbto, Italy, July 7, 1944.

* Capt. Francis Brown Wai, 34th Division, who was killed leading a beach assault at Leyte as Gen. Douglas MacArthur returned to liberate the Philippine Islands, Oct. 20, 1944.

A Medal of Honor recommendation for the late James Okubo of Los Angeles was preliminarily approved, but Congress still must waive a statutory time limit for his case. Okubo, an Army medic, saved the lives of members of the 100th and 442nd while repeatedly exposing himself to enemy fire; near Biffontaine, France, October and November 1944.

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