MUNEMORI, SADAO S. - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization:   Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Combat Team.

Place and date:   Near Seravezza, Italy, 5 April 1945.

Entered service at:   Los Angeles, Calif

Birth:   Los Angeles, Calif.

G.O. No.. 24, 7 March 1946.

Citation:   He fought with great gallantry and intrepidity near Seravezza, Italy. When his unit was pinned down by grazing fire from the enemy's strong mountain defense and command of the squad devolved on him with the wounding of its regular leader, he made frontal, l-man attacks through direct fire and knocked out 2 machineguns with grenades Withdrawing under murderous fire and showers of grenades from other enemy emplacements, he had nearly reached a shell crater occupied by 2 of his men when an unexploded grenade bounced on his helmet and rolled toward his helpless comrades. He arose into the withering fire, dived for the missile and smothered its blast with his body. By his swift, supremely heroic action Pfc. Munemori saved 2 of his men at the cost of his own life and did much to clear the path for his company's victorious advance.

This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)