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World War II - U.S. Army

Daniel K. Inouye

Details
  • Rank: First Lieutenant (Highest Rank: then Second Lieutenant)
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company E,
    442d Regimental Combat Team
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 21, 1945
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: in the vicinity of San Terenzo, Italy
Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Second Lieutenant Daniel K. Inouye distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 21 April 1945, in the vicinity of San Terenzo, Italy.While attacking a defended ridge guarding an important road junction, Second Lieutenant Inouye skillfully directed his platoon through a hail of automatic weapon and small arms fire, in a swift enveloping movement that resulted in the capture of an artillery and mortar post and brought his men to within 40 yards of the hostile force. Emplaced in bunkers and rock formations, the enemy halted the advance with crossfire from three machine guns. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Second Lieutenant Inouye crawled up the treacherous slope to within five yards of the nearest machine gun and hurled two grenades, destroying the emplacement. Before the enemy could retaliate, he stood up and neutralized a second machine gun nest. Although wounded by a sniper's bullet, he continued to engage other hostile positions at close range until an exploding grenade shattered his right arm. Despite the intense pain, he refused evacuation and continued to direct his platoon until enemy resistance was broken and his men were again deployed in defensive positions. In the attack, 25 enemy soldiers were killed and eight others captured. By his gallant, aggressive tactics and by his indomitable leadership, Second Lieutenant Inouye enabled his platoon to advance through formidable resistance, and was instrumental in the capture of the ridge. Second Lieutenant Inouye'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.

USED WITH PERMISSION, COPYRIGHT NICK DELCALZO
USED WITH PERMISSION, COPYRIGHT NICK DELCALZO
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Honolulu, Oahu, Honolulu County, Hawaii
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: June 21, 2000

    The White House - presented by President William J. Clinton

  • Born: September 7, 1924, Honolulu, Oahu, Honolulu County, HI
  • Died: December 17, 2012, Bethesda (Walter Reed), MD, United States
  • Buried: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (sec D, Site 391-A), Honolulu, HI, United States
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