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Nouchi, Wataru

Date of birth:
(Hawaii, United States)
Nationality:
American

Biography

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Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Corporal
Unit:
Company C, 100th Infantry Battalion attached to the 34th Infantry Division "Red Bull", U.S. Army (Company C, 100th Infantry Battalion attached to the 34th Infantry Division "Red Bull", U.S. Army)
Action:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Corporal Wataru Nouchi (ASN: 30101327), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 29 November 1943, in the vicinity of Colli, Italy. Having been given the mission of destroying an enemy machine gun nest on Hill 920, Corporal Nouchi, Assistant Squad Leader, with utter disregard for his own personal safety and under heavy enemy fire, crawled up to within ten yards of the enemy nest before opening fire. His fire killed three of the enemy crew, and when the two remaining Germans returned his fire, Corporal Nouchi threw grenades at them, forcing them to flee. His actions enabled his squad to occupy key positions on the hill and contributed materially to the success of the operation. Corporal Nouchi's courage and coolness under fire was exemplary and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Details:
Headquarters, 34th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 28 (29 April 1944).
Silver Star Medal (SSM)

Sources

  • - Ankrum, H.R., Dogfaces Who Smiled Through Tears – The 34th Red Bull Infantry Division and attached 100th (Hawaiian) Battalion and 442nd “Go for Broke” Regimental Combat Team in World War II 1941-1945, Graphic Publishing Company, Lake Mills, Iowa, USA, 1987
    - Military Times.com