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Nakamine, Shineyi

Date of birth:
January 21st, 1920 (Waianae/Territory of Hawaii, United States)
Date of death:
June 2nd, 1944 (La Torreto, Italy)
Buried on:
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Private
Unit:
100th Infantry Battalion, 34th Infantry Division "Red Bull", U.S. Army
Awarded on:
1944
Posthumously awarded
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Private
Unit:
100th Infantry Battalion, 34th Infantry Division "Red Bull", U.S. Army
Awarded on:
June 21st, 2000
Private Shinyei Nakamine distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 2 June 1944, near La Torreto, Italy. During an attack, Private Nakamine’s platoon became pinned down by intense machine gun crossfire from a small knoll 200 yards to the front. On his own initiative, Private Nakamine crawled toward one of the hostile weapons. Reaching a point 25 yards from the enemy, he charged the machine gun nest, firing his submachine gun, and killed three enemy soldiers and captured two. Later that afternoon, Private Nakamine discovered an enemy soldier on the right flank of his platoon’s position. Crawling 25 yards from his position, Private Nakamine opened fire and killed the soldier. Then, seeing a machine gun nest to his front approximately 75 yards away, he returned to his platoon and led an automatic rifle team toward the enemy. Under covering fire from his team, Private Nakamine crawled to a point 25 yards from the nest and threw hand grenades at the enemy soldiers, wounding one and capturing four. Spotting another machine gun nest 100 yards to his right flank, he led the automatic rifle team toward the hostile position but was killed by a burst of machine gun fire. Private Nakamine’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.
Posthumously awarded
Medal of Honor - Army (MoH)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
1 campaign star
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

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