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Munemori, Sadao S.

Date of birth:
August 17th, 1922 (Los Angeles/California, United States)
Date of death:
April 5th, 1945 (near Seravezza/Tuscany, Italy)
Buried on:
American War Graves Evergreen Cemetery
Service number:
39 019 023
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

Sadao S. Munemori entered service at Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California on February 11th, 1942.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Private 1st Class
Unit:
Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 92nd Infantry Division, U.S. Army
Awarded on:
1945
Posthumously awarded. Upgraded to MoH
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Private 1st Class
Unit:
Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 92nd Infantry Division, U.S. Army
Awarded on:
March 7th, 1946
Citation:
"He fought with great gallantry and intrepidity near Seravezza, Italy. When his unit was pinned down by grazing fire from the enemy's strong mountain defense and command of the squad devolved on him with the wounding of its regular leader, he made frontal, l-man attacks through direct fire and knocked out 2 machineguns with grenades Withdrawing under murderous fire and showers of grenades from other enemy emplacements, he had nearly reached a shell crater occupied by 2 of his men when an unexploded grenade bounced on his helmet and rolled toward his helpless comrades. He arose into the withering fire, dived for the missile and smothered its blast with his body. By his swift, supremely heroic action Pfc. Munemori saved 2 of his men at the cost of his own life and did much to clear the path for his company's victorious advance."
Awarded posthumously.
General Orders No. 24 (7 March 1945).
Medal of Honor - Army (MoH)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Posthumously awarded
Purple Heart

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