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TSGT Ted T. Tanouye

TSGT Ted T. Tanouye

Birth
Torrance, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 6 Sep 1944 (aged 24)
Italy
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 19396 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served during World War II as a Technical Sergeant. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery on July 7, 1944, near Molino A Ventoabbto, Italy. His citation reads "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 Tanouye crept forward a few yards and opened fire on the position, killing or wounding three and causing two others to disperse. Immediately, 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".

Bio by: Joe Walker


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  • Added: 6 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19396
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for TSGT Ted T. Tanouye (14 Nov 1919–6 Sep 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19396, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .