Recipient Detail



Rank: Private First Class
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company A
Division: 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Combat Team
Born: Los Angeles, Calif.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Los Angeles, Calif.
G.O. Number: 24
Date of Issue: 03/07/1946
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Seravezza, Italy, 5 April 1945


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.