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World War II - U.S. Army

Joe M. Nishimoto

Details
  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company G,
    442d Regimental Combat Team
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 7, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near La Houssiere, France
Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Private First Class Joe M. Nishinoto distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 7 November 1944, near La Houssiere, France. After three days of unsuccessful atempts by his company to dislodge the enmy from a strongly defended ridge, Private First Class Nishimoto, as acting squad leader, boldly crawled forward through a heavily mined and booby-traped area. Spotting a machine gun nest, he hurled a grenade and destroyed the emplacement. Then, circling to the rear of another machine gun position, he fired his submachine gun at point-blank range, killing one gunner and wounding another. Pursuing two enemy riflemen, Private First Class Nishimoto killed one, while the other hastily retreated. Continuing his determined assault, he drove another machine gun crew fron its position. The enemy, with their key strong points taken, were forced to withdraw from this sector. Private First Class Nishimoto'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 Joe M. Nishimoto
Medal of Honor Recipient Joe M. Nishimoto
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Marion, Marion County, Ohio
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: June 21, 2000
    The White House - presented by President William J. Clinton to his sister Mrs. Akie Ishida
  • Born: 1920, Fresno, Fresno County, CA, United States
  • Died: November 13, 1944, France
  • Buried: Washington Colony Cemetery (MH) (8-21-1), Fresno, CA, United States
  • Location of Medal: National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
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