Barney Fushimi Hajiro-Honolulu, HI
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 21° 18.738 W 157° 50.838
4Q E 619553 N 2357148
Quick Description: World War II Medal of Honor Recipient for action in the vicinity of Bruyeres and Biffontaine, eastern France on October 19, 22, and 29, 1944. He is buried in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI in Section G, Lot 75.
Location: Hawaii, United States
Date Posted: 8/20/2019 5:10:22 AM
Waymark Code: WM115PT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
Views: 5

Long Description:
He was born on September 16, 1916 in Puunene, HI, and died on January 21, 2011 in Waipahu, HI. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: BARNEY FUSHIMI HAJIRO Rank: Private
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company I
Division: 442 Regimental Combat Team
Born: 16 September, 1916, Puunene, Hawaii
Departed: Yes (01/21/2011)
Entered Service At: Honolulu, Hawaii
G.O. Number:
Date of Issue: 06/21/2000
Accredited To: Honolulu, Hawaii
Place / Date: in vicinity of Bruyeres and Biffontaine, France, 29 October 1944

Private Barney F. Hajiro distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 19, 22, and 29 October 1944, in the vicinity of Bruyeres and Biffontaine, eastern France. Private Hajiro, while acting as a sentry on top of an embankment on 19 October 1944, in the vicinity of Bruyeres, France, rendered assistance to allied troops attacking a house 200 yards away by exposing himself to enemy fire and directing fire at an enemy strong point. He assisted the unit on his right by firing his automatic rifle and killing or wounding two enemy snipers. On 22 October 1944, he and one comrade took up an outpost security position about 50 yards to the right front of their platoon, concealed themselves, and ambushed an 18-man, heavily armed, enemy patrol, killing two, wounding one, and taking the remainder as prisoners. On 29 October 1944, in a wooded area in the vicinity of Biffontaine, France, Private Hajiro initiated an attack up the slope of a hill referred to as "Suicide Hill" by running forward approximately 100 yards under fire. He then advanced ahead of his comrades about 10 yards, drawing fire and spotting camouflaged machine gun nests. He fearlessly met fire with fire and single-handedly destroyed two machine gun nests and killed two enemy snipers. As a result of Private Hajiro's heroic actions, the attack was successful. Private Hajiro's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit, and the United States Army.

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*SPECIAL EXCEPTION WAYMARK* This category made the decision to approve this waymark based on the research and partnerships between the submitter, Don.Morfe, and individuals who gave permission for their photos of Medal of Honor resting places to be used in this community. Although the vision and philosophy of the Waymarking body is to promote in-person visits and photo documentation, special circumstances can be made on a case-by-case basis such as this submission. We appreciate the fact that Don.Morfe spent over 20 years visiting more than 2,900 Medal of Honor resting places and has documented them in this category with personal photos the past 18 months. He recently took it upon himself to document many more Medal of Honor resting places around the world that he could not visit in person. He reached out to individuals on and elsewhere and received permission to use their photos, created write-ups and submitted them here for approval. A compromise was made to allow his submissions here in order to gain a sense of appreciation to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Thank you, Don, for your tireless efforts and contributions to this category and to the Waymarking community!

Armed Service: Army

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