2LT Yeiki Kobashigawa

2LT Yeiki Kobashigawa

Birth
Hilo, Hawaii County, Hawaii, USA
Death 31 Mar 2005 (aged 87)
Waianae, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Columbarium Section CT8-E, Row 500, Site 536
Memorial ID 10728112 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honour Recipient. A native of Hilo, Hawaii, Kobashigawa entered service at Honolulu, Hawaii. Kobashigawa served as a Technical Assistant with the United States Army, Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate). Kobashigawa was awarded his medal for service at Lanuvio, Italy, on June 2, 1944, during World War II. Kobashigawa's citation reads-Technical Sergeant Yeiki Kobashigawa distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 2 June 1944, in the vicinity of Lanuvio, Italy. During an attack, Technical Sergeant Kobashigawa’s platoon encountered strong enemy resistance from a series of machine guns providing supporting fire. Observing a machine gun nest 50 yards from his position, Technical Sergeant Kobashigawa crawled forward with one of his men, threw a grenade and then charged the enemy with his submachine gun while a fellow soldier provided covering fire. He killed one enemy soldier and captured two prisoners. Meanwhile, Technical Sergeant Kobashigawa and his comrade were fired upon by another machine gun 50 yards ahead. Directing a squad to advance to his first position, Technical Sergeant Kobashigawa again moved forward with a fellow soldier to subdue the second machine gun nest. After throwing grenades into the position, Technical Sergeant Kobashigawa provided close supporting fire while a fellow soldier charged, capturing four prisoners. On the alert for other machine gun nests, Technical Sergeant Kobashigawa discovered four more, and skillfully led a squad in neutralizing two of them. Technical Sergeant Kobashigawa’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.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Yeiki Kobashigawa (28 Sep 1917–31 Mar 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10728112, citing National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .