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World War II - U.S. Army

Ted Takayuki Tanouye

Details
  • Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company K,
    442d Regimental Combat Team
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: July 7, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Molino A Ventoabbto, Italy
Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Technical Sergeant Ted T. Tanouye distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 7 July 1944, near Molino A. Ventoabbto, Italy. Technical Sergeant Tanouye led his platoon in an attack to capture the crest of a strategically important hill that afforded little cover. Observing an enemy machine gun crew placing its gun in position to his left front, Technical Sergeant Tanouyecrept forward a few yards and opened fire on the position, killing or wounding three and causing two others to disperse. Immedimately, an enemy machine pistol opened fire on him. He returned the fire and killed or wounded three more enemy soldiers. While advancing forward, Technical Sergeant Tanouye was subjected to grenade bursts, which severely wounded his left arm. Sighting an enemy-held trench, he raked the position with fire from his submachine gun and wounded several of the enemy. Running out of ammunition, he crawled 20 yards to obtain several clips from a comrade on his left flank. Next, sighting an enemy machine pistol that had pinned down his men, Technical Sergeant Tanouye crawled forward a few yards and threw a hand grenade into the position, silencing the pistol. He then located another enemy machine gun firing down the slope of the hill, opened fire on it, and silenced that position. Drawing fire from a machine pistol nest located above him, he opened fire on it and wounded three of its occupants. Finally taking his objective, Technical Sergeant Tanouye organized a defensive position on the reverse slope of the hill before accepting first aid treatment and evacuation. Technical Sergeant Tanouye'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 Ted T. Tanouye
Medal of Honor Recipient Ted T. Tanouye
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Torrance, Los Angeles County, California
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: June 21, 2000
    The White House - presented by President William J. Clinton to Isao Tanouye
  • Born: November 14, 1919, Torrance, Los Angeles County, CA, United States
  • Died: September 6, 1944, near Molino A Ventoabbto, Italy
  • Buried: Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery (Veterans Sec.A-2732-1), Los Angeles, CA, United States
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