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World War II - U.S. Army

Allan Masaharu Ohata

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant (Highest Rank: then Sergeant)
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company B,
    100th Infantry Battalion (Separate)
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 30, 1943
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Cerasuolo, Italy

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sergeant Allan M. Ohata distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 29 and 30 November 1943, near Cerasuolo, Italy. Sergeant Ohata, his squad leader, and three men were ordered to protect his platoon's left flank against an attacking enemy force of 40 men, armed with machine guns, machine pistols, and rifles. He posted one of his men, an automatic rifleman, on the extreme left, 15 yards from his own position. Taking his position, Sergeant Ohata delivered effective fire against the advancing enemy. The man to his left called for assistance when his automatic rifle was shot and damaged. With utter disregard for his personal safety, Sergeant Ohataleft his position and advanced 15 yards through heavy machine gun fire. Reaching his comrade's position, he immedimately fired upon the enemy, killing 10 enemy soldiers and successfully covering his comrade's withdrawl to replace his damaged weapon. Sergeant Ohata and the automatic rifleman held their position and killed 37 enemy soldiers. Both men then charged the three remaining soldiers and captured them. Later, Sergeant Ohata and the automatic rifleman stopped another attacking force of 14, killing four and wounding three while the others fled. The following day he and the automatic rifleman held their flank with grim determination and staved off all atacks. Staff Sergeant Ohata's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.

Medal of Honor Recipient Allan M. Ohata
Medal of Honor Recipient Allan M. Ohata
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Honolulu, Oahu, Honolulu County, Hawaii
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: June 21, 2000

    The White House - presented by President William J. Clinton to his brother Donald Ohata

  • Born: September 13, 1918, Honolulu, Oahu, Honolulu County, HI
  • Died: October 17, 1977, Honolulu, HI, United States
  • Buried: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) (3-O-474), Honolulu, HI, United States

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