Joe M. Nishimoto

Joe M. Nishimoto

Birth
Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA
Death 14 Nov 1944 (aged 25)
La Houssiere, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Burial Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA
Memorial ID 10899879 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal Of Honor Recipient. On November 7, 1944, serving as a Private First Class, in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, he and his company were in action near La Houssiere, France. After unsuccessful attempts to dislodge the enemy from a strongly defended ridge, Nishimoto, as acting squad leader, crawled forward through a heavily mined area, hurled a grenade and destroyed a German a machine gun nest. Circling to the rear of another machine gun position, he knocked it out with point-blank gunfire, pursuing two fleeing riflemen, killing one and capturing the other. He then drove a third crew from its position causing their forces in key strong points to be taken and the remaining enemy to withdraw from that sector. One week later he was killed in another action. During White House ceremonies on June 21, 2000, he and twenty other Asian-Americans had their Distinguished Service Crosses upgraded to Medals of Honor. His Medal of Honor was posthumously awarded to his family by President Clinton.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 10899879
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joe M. Nishimoto (21 Feb 1919–14 Nov 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 10899879, citing Washington Colony Cemetery, Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .