PFC Kaoru Moto - Makawao, HI
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N 20° 51.697 W 156° 18.841
4Q E 779484 N 2309166
Quick Description: This memorial plaque in honor of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Pfc Kaoru Moto, hangs on a pavilion that bears his name in the Maui Veterans Cemetery.
Location: Hawaii, United States
Date Posted: 12/8/2010 6:43:12 AM
Waymark Code: WMA9GD
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GA Cacher
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Long Description:

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, PFC Kaoru Moto.

On 21 June 2000, Mr. Kaoru Moto
was posthumously awarded the
Congressional Medal of Honor by
President William Jefferson Clinton
for his extraordinary heroism
in action on 7 July 1944, near
Castellina, Italy. Private First
Class Moto's heroism and
devotion to duty are in keeping
with the highest tradition
of military service and reflect
great credit on him.
Company C. 100th Infantry Battalion
and United States Army

The following is an account of Pvt. Moto's heroic actions:

Pfc. Kaoru Moto,100th Infantry Battalion, distinguished himself on July 7, 1944, near Castellina, Italy. While serving as first scout, Moto observed a machine gun nest that was impeding his platoon. Making his way to within 10 paces of the hostile position, he killed the enemy gunner, but came under fire from the assistant gunner. Crawling to the rear of the position, Moto surprised the enemy soldier, who quickly surrendered.

Taking his prisoner with him, Moto holed up near a house and guarded it to prevent the enemy from using it as an observation post. Observing an enemy machine gun team moving into position, he opened fire and forced them to flee.

An enemy sniper in another house severely wounded Moto. Applying first aid to his wound, he eluded sniper fire and made his way to the rear for treatment. As he crossed a road, he spotted an enemy machine gun nest and opened fire, wounding two of the three soldiers occupying the position. He advanced on the nest, ordered the enemy to surrender and opened fire when he received no answer. The enemy soldiers then quickly surrendered.

Source: American Forces Press Service

This mausoleum was renamed in 2002 in honor of Kaoru Moto, a native of Maui who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during World War II as a Private First Class. His resting place, however, is in Honolulu rather than here.

Reference: Maui County Parks and Recreation Committee

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Type of memorial: Building

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