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World War II - U.S. Army

Shinyei Nakamine

Details
  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company B,
    100th Infantry Battalion (Separate)
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: June 2, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near La Torreto, Italy
Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Private Shinyei Nakamine distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 2 June 1944, near La Torreto, Italy. During an attack, Private Nakamine's platoon became pinned down by intense machine gun crossfire from a small knoll 200 yards to the front. On his own initiative, Private Nakamine crawled toward one of the hostile weapons. Reaching a point 25 yards from the enemy, he charged the machine gun nest, firing his submachine gun, and killing three enemy soldiers and capturing two. Later that afternoon, Private Nakamine discovered an enemy soldier on the right flank of his platoon's position. Crawling 25 yards fron his position, Private Nakamine opened fire and killed the soldier. Then, seeing a machine gun nest to his front approximately 75 yards away, he returned to his platoon and led an automatic rifle team toward the enemy. Under covering fire from his team, Private Nakamine crawled to a point 25 yards from the nest and threw hand grenades at the enemy soldiers, wounding one and capturing four. Spotting another machine gun nest 100 yards to his right flank, he led the automatic rifle team toward the hostile position but was killed by a burst of machine gun fire. Private Nakamine'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 Shinyei Nakamine
Medal of Honor Recipient Shinyei Nakamine
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: June 21, 2000
    The White House - presented by President William J. Clinton to his sister Mrs. Anita Korenaga
  • Born: February 26, 1920, Honolulu, Honolulu County
  • Died: June 2, 1944, near La Torreto, Italy
  • Buried: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) (D-O-402) , Honolulu, HI, United States
 

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