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Vietnam War - U.S. Army

Terry Teruo Kawamura

Details
  • Rank: Corporal
  • Conflict/Era: Vietnam War
  • Unit/Command:
    173d Engineer Company,
    173d Ariborne Brigade
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: March 20, 1969
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Camp Radcliff, Republic of Vietnam
Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Cpl. Kawamura distinguished himself by heroic action while serving as a member of the 173d Engineer Company. An enemy demolition team infiltrated the unit quarters area and opened fire with automatic weapons. Disregarding the intense fire, Cpl. Kawamura ran for his weapon. At that moment, a violent explosion tore a hole in the roof and stunned the occupants of the room. Cpl. Kawamura jumped to his feet, secured his weapon and, as he ran toward the door to return the enemy fire, he observed that another explosive charge had been thrown through the hole in the roof to the floor. He immediately realized that two stunned fellow soldiers were in great peril and shouted a warning. Although in a position to escape, Cpl. Kawamura unhesitatingly wheeled around and threw himself on the charge. In completely disregarding his safety, Cpl. Kawamura prevented serious injury or death to several members of his unit. The extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by Cpl. Kawamura are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
Medal of Honor Recipient Terry T. Kawamura
Medal of Honor Recipient Terry T. Kawamura
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Honolulu County, Hawaii
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: February 16, 1971
    The White House (East Ballroom), presented by Pres. Richard M. Nixon to his family
  • Born: December 10, 1949, Honolulu, Honolulu County
  • Died: March 20, 1969, Republic of Vietnam
  • Buried: Mililani Memorial Park (U-23-14), Pearl City, HI, United States
 

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