Joe Hayashi-Los Angeles, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 34° 02.544 W 118° 12.030
11S E 389188 N 3767507
Quick Description: World War II Medal of Honor Recipient for action at Tendola, Italy on April 20, 22, 1945. He was killed in action. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA in Section A, Lot 2734.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 11/9/2017 2:10:20 PM
Waymark Code: WMX0TX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
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Long Description:
He was born on August 14, 1920 in Salinas, CA and died on April 22, 1945 in Toscana, Italy. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: *HAYASHI, JOE
• Rank and organization: Private, 442d Regimental Combat Team
• Place and date: April 1945, Tendola, Italy
Citation: Private Joe Hayashi distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 20 and 22 April 1945, near Tendola, Italy. On 20 April 1945, ordered to attack a strongly defended hill that commanded all approaches to the village of Tendola, Private Hayashi skillfully led his men to a point within 75 yards of enemy positions before they were detected and fired upon. After dragging his wounded comrades to safety, he returned alone and exposed himself to small arms fire in order to direct and adjust mortar fire against hostile emplacements. Boldly attacking the hill with the remaining men of his squad, he attained his objective and discovered that the mortars had neutralized three machine guns, killed 27 men, and wounded many others. On 22 April 1945, attacking the village of Tendola, Private Hayashi maneuvered his squad up a steep, terraced hill to within 100 yards of the enemy. Crawling under intense fire to a hostile machine gun position, he threw a grenade, killing one enemy soldier and forcing the other members of the gun crew to surrender. Seeing four enemy machine guns delivering deadly fire upon other elements of his platoon, he threw another grenade, destroying a machine gun nest. He then crawled to the right flank of another machine gun position where he killed four enemy soldiers and forced the others to flee. Attempting to pursue the enemy, he was mortally wounded by a burst of machine pistol fire. The dauntless courage and exemplary leadership of Private Hayashi enabled his company to attain its objective. Private Hayashi'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.
Armed Service: Army

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