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Hiroshi H. Miyamura

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Medal Of Honor, Korea

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Corporal Miyamura's company was occupying a defensive position when the enemy fanatically attacked threatening to overrun the position. Aware of the imminent danger to his men he unhesitatingly jumped from his shelter wielding his bayonet in close hand-to-hand combat killing approximately 10 of the enemy. Returning to his position, he administered first aid to the wounded and directed their evacuation. As another savage assault hit the line, he manned his machinegun and delivered withering fire until his ammunition was expended. He ordered the squad to withdraw while he stayed behind to render the gun inoperative. He then bayoneted his way through infiltrated enemy soldiers to a second gun emplacement and assisted in its operation. When the intensity of the attack necessitated the withdrawal of the company Corporal Miyamura ordered his men to fall back while he remained to cover their movement. He killed more than 50 of the enemy before his ammunition was depleted and he was severely wounded. He maintained his magnificent stand despite his painful wounds, continuing to repel the attack until his position was overrun. When last seen he was fighting ferociously against an overwhelming number of enemy soldiers.

Hiroshi Miyamura's Medal of Honor award was classified by the US Army for 28 months, while the brave young soldier was held by the North Koreans as a Prisoner of War. He was the second Japanese-American to receive the Medal of Honor, and the only living Japanese-American recipient until upgrades to the 442d Regimental Combat Team in 2001

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