Legion of Honor: 9 WWII veterans honored in San Francisco

(March 3, 2015) the Consul of France in San Francisco, Pauline Carmona, presented the medal of the Legion of Honor to 9 WWII American veterans. The ceremony was held at the Residence of France in San Francisco.

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Speeches

About these nine heroes...

Shigeyuki DOI

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"You joined the US Army in January 1942 at the age of 21.

In the 442nd Infantry Regiment, you participated in the Italian campaign, you then took part in the fighting in the Vosges in 1944. From October 14th through the 30iest, you participated in the liberation of the city of Bruyeres, a strategic passage that allowed the 36th US Division to cross the Vosges from West to East and compel the enemy to a hasty retreat.

For your actions, you were awarded, among others, the Bronze Star Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Distinguished Unit Badge, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal."

Hiroshi KAKU

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"You joined the US Army in March 1943 at the age of 20.

Within the anti-tank company of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, you participated in the Italian campaign and in the Provence invasion on August 15, 1944.

On October 1944, your company joined other battalions of the 442nd Regiment for the epic rescue of the "Lost Battalion", surrounded by the enemy in Biffontaine in the Vosges.

For your actions, you were awarded, among others, the Good Conduct Medal with five bronze rings, the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon, the Bronze Service Arrowhead, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Glider Badge, the Distinguished Unit Badge and the WWII Victory Medal."

Richard LAURIE

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"You joined the US Army in March 1941 at the age of 19.

As a light mortar crewman in the 159th Infantry Regiment, you participated in several battles in northern France against the German army and were wounded during the military operations.

For your actions, you were awarded, among others, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the American Campaign Medal , the American Defense Service Medal , the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal."

Robert LITTLEFIELD

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"In active duty from November 1943, you were First Lieutenant in the 55th fighter group of the US Air Force and you took part in campaigns in French territory against the German armies in 1944 and 1945.

You provided cover for B17s and B24s that bombed aircraft plants during the “Big Week” in February 1944, gun emplacements during the Saint-Lô breakthrough in July 1944, and transportation facilities during the battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944-1945.

You were yourself wounded twice during the military operations.

For your actions, you were awarded, among others, the Purple Heart Medal with an oak leaf, the Air Medal with an oak leaf cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the Distinguished Unit Badge."

James LONG

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"As an Air Force mechanic and then an Aviation Cadet, you joined the 381st Bomb division in October 1943 at the age of 22.

As a group lead bombardier in combat, you participated in several battles on the French territory against the German armies in 1944, especially during the Normandy invasion and the campaign in Northern France.

You were yourself wounded during the military operations.

For you actions, you were awarded, among others, the Purple Heart medal, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal, the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross."

Oliver NISHIMURA

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"You joined the US Army in July 1943 at the age of 21.

With the 442nd Infantry Regiment, you participated in the Italian campaign then took part in the fighting in the Vosges in 1944.
You also participated in the liberation of the city of Bruyeres, a strategic passage, which allowed the US 36th Division to cross the Vosges West to East.

Wounded during the fighting, you were awarded, among others, the Purple Heart Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Distinguished Unit Badge, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the WWII Victory Medal."

Margarito QUEVEDO

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"You joined the US Army in January 1943 at the age of 19.

As an artillery crewman in the 547th Anti- aircraft artillery batallion, a mobile unit, you participated in several battles on the French territory against the German armies, especially during the military campaign in the East of France, including the liberation of the city of Metz.

For your actions, you were awarded, among others, the Good Conduct medal, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, two Bronze Service Star Medals and the WWII victory medal."

Haruo SAKAJI

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"You joined the US Army in April 1944, at the age of 19.

In the 3rd Battalion of the 442nd Infantry Regiment , you participated in the fighting in the Vosges in 1944. You participated in the liberation of Bruyeres and then were posted to the epic rescue of the "Lost Battalion ", the US 141st Infantry Regiment surrounded by the enemy in Biffontaine.

For your actions, you were awarded, among others the Combat Infantry Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, the WWII Victory Ribbon, the Bronze Star IPC, the Army Occupation Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon and the Distinguished Unit Badge."

John SAKAMOTO

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"You joined the US Army in February 1942, at the age of 22.

Within the 206th Army band of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, you participated in the Italian campaign then took part in the fighting in the Vosges in 1944, participating in the liberation of the strategic passage of Bruyeres.

For your actions, you were awarded, among others, the Good Conduct Medal, the European Africa Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal."

French Consul speech

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Pictures

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Dernière modification : 04/03/2015

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