The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*KAWAMURA, TERRY TERUO
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S.
Army, 173d Engineer Company, 173d Airborne Brigade, Republic of Vietnam. Place and
date: Camp Radcliff, Republic of Vietnam, 20 March 1969. Entered service at:
Oahu, Hawaii. Born. 10 December 1949, Wahiawa, Oahu, Hawaii.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and
beyond the call of duty. Cpl. Kawamura distinguished himself by heroic action while
serving as a member of the 173d Engineer Company. An enemy demolition team infiltrated the
unit quarters area and opened fire with automatic weapons. Disregarding the intense fire,
Cpl. Kawamura ran for his weapon. At that moment, a violent explosion tore a hole in the
roof and stunned the occupants of the room. Cpl. Kawamura jumped to his feet, secured his
weapon and, as he ran toward the door to return the enemy fire, he observed that another
explosive charge had been thrown through the hole in the roof to the floor. He immediately
realized that 2 stunned fellow soldiers were in great peril and shouted a warning.
Although in a position to escape, Cpl. Kawamura unhesitatingly wheeled around and threw
himself on the charge. In completely disregarding his safety, Cpl. Kawamura prevented
serious injury or death to several members of his unit. The extraordinary courage and
selflessness displayed by Cpl. Kawamura are in the highest traditions of the military
service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.