Kiyoshi K. Muranaga-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 Suvereto, Italy on June 26, 1944. 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: 11/28/2017 2:29:08 PM
Waymark Code: WMX558
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
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Long Description:
He was born on February 16, 1922 in Los Angeles, CA and died on June 26, 1944 in Suvereto, Italy. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: *MURANAGA, KIYOSHI K.
• Rank and organization: Private First Class, 442d Infantry
• Place and date: June 26, 1944, Suvereto, Italy
Private First Class Kiyoshi K. Muranaga distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 26 June 1944, near Suvereto, Italy. Private First Class Muranaga's company encountered a strong enemy force in commanding positions and with superior firepower. An enemy 88mm self-propelled gun opened direct fire on the company, causing the men to disperse and seek cover. Private First Class Muranaga's mortar squad was ordered to action, but the terrain made it impossible to set up their weapons. The squad leader, realizing the vulnerability of the mortar position, moved his men away from the gun to positions of relative safety. Because of the heavy casualties being inflicted on his company, Private First Class Muranaga, who served as a gunner, attempted to neutralize the 88mm weapon alone. Voluntarily remaining at his gun position, Private First Class Muranaga manned the mortar himself and opened fire on the enemy gun at a range of approximately 400 yards. With his third round, he was able to correct his fire so that the shell landed directly in front of the enemy gun. Meanwhile, the enemy crew, immediately aware of the source of mortar fire, turned their 88mm weapon directly on Private First Class Muranaga's position. Before Private First Class Muranaga could fire a fourth round, an 88mm shell scored a direct hit on his position, killing him instantly. Because of the accuracy of Private First Class Muranaga's previous fire, the enemy soldiers decided not to risk further exposure and immediately abandoned their position. Private First Class Muranaga'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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