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Kaoru Moto

Details
  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company C,
    100th Infantry Battalion (Separate)
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: July 7, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Castellina, Italy
Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Private First Class Kaoru Moto distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 7 July 1944, near Castellina, Italy. While Serving as first scout, Private First Class Moto observed a machine gun nest that was hindering his platoon's progress. On his own initiative, he made his way to a point ten paces from the hostile position, and killed the enemy machine gunner. Immediately, the enemy assistant gunner opened fire in the direction of Private First Class Moto. Crawling to the rear of the position, Private First Class Moto surprised the enemy soldier, who quickly surrendered. Taking his prisoner with him, Private First Class Moto took a position a few yards from a house to prevent the enemy from using the building as a observation post. While guarding the house and his prisoner, he observed an enemy machine gun team moving into position. He engaged them, and with deadly fire forced the enemy to withdraw. An enemy sniper located in another house fired at Private First Class Moto, severely wounding him. Applying first aid to his wound, he changed position to elude the sniper fire and to advance. Finally relieved of his position, he made his way to the rear for treatment. Crossing a road, he spotted an enemy machine gun nest. Opening fire, he wounded two of the three soldiers occupying the position. Not satisfied with this accomplishment, he then crawled forward to a better position and ordered the enemy soldier to surrender. Reciving no answer, Private First Class Moto fired at the position, and the soldiers surrendered. Private First Class Moto'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 Kaoru Moto
Medal of Honor Recipient Kaoru Moto
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Spreckelsville, Maui County, Hawaii
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: June 21, 2000

    The White House - presented by President William J. Clinton to his widow Mrs. Violet Y. Moto

  • Born: April 25, 1917, Spreckelsville, Maui County, HI
  • Died: August 26, 1992, Makawaao, Maui, HI, United States
  • Buried: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) (MH) (CT2-F-400-422), Honolulu, HI, United States
 

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