Barney Hajiro Dies

Barney F. Hajiro died on the morning of January 21, 2011 in Pearl City, Hawaii.  He was 94 years of age and the oldest living recipient. He distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 19, 22, and 29 October 1944, in the vicinity of Bruyeres and Biffontaine, eastern France. Private Hajiro, while acting as a sentry on top of an embankment on 19 October 1944, in the vicinity of Bruyeres, France, rendered assistance to allied troops attacking a house 200 yards away by exposing himself to enemy fire and directing fire at an enemy strong point.