Monday, February 8, 2010

Medal of Honor Monday: Barney F. Hajiro


"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life beyond and the call of duty: Private Barney F. Hajiro distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 19, 22, and October 29, 1944, in the vicinity of Bruyeres and Biffontaine, eastern France.  Private Hajiro, while acting as a sentry on top of an embankment on October 19, 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 October 22, 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 October 29, 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." 

From Pvt. Jajiro's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on June 21, 2000.

May you be at peace,
Brian

 

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