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Joe M. Nishimoto
Birth: Feb. 21, 1919
Fresno
Fresno County
California, USA
Death: Nov. 14, 1944, France

World War II Congressional Medal Of Honor Recipient. On November 7, 1944, serving as a Private First Class, in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, he and his company were in action near La Houssiere, France. After unsuccessful attempts to dislodge the enemy from a strongly defended ridge, Nishimoto, as acting squad leader, crawled forward through a heavily mined area, hurled a grenade and destroyed a German a machine gun nest. Circling to the rear of another machine gun position, he knocked it out with point-blank gunfire, pursuing two fleeing riflemen, killing one and capturing the other. He then drove a third crew from its position causing their forces in key strong points to be taken and the remaining enemy to withdraw from that sector. One week later he was killed in another action. During White House ceremonies on June 21, 2000, he and twenty other Asian-Americans had their Distinguished Service Crosses upgraded to Medals of Honor. His Medal of Honor was posthumously awarded to his family by President Clinton. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Burial:
Washington Colony Cemetery
Fresno
Fresno County
California, USA
 
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Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: May 01, 2005
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Joe M. Nishimoto
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Thank You for your service. I am sorry for your interment at Jerome War Relocation Center in Arkansas. May we never forget....
- Capt Jack Burke USAF
 Added: Jul. 25, 2014
Thank You for your serviceI am sorry for your interment at Jerome War Relocation Center in Arkansas
- Capt Jack Burke USAF
 Added: Jul. 25, 2014

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