Sunday, August 28, 2016

A flash back ... A memorable day in the history of Stamford,Connecticut


Angela Carella: City should herald 'a courage unfathomable'

By Angela Carella

One of the most decorated American heroes of World War II was a Stamford man. Homer Lee Wise received the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award, for what he did during the Battle of Magliano in Italy in June 1944. The Army's report of the action that day, now in the National Archives, reads, "The unhesitancy with which Sergeant Wise repeatedly put himself into positions where any escape seemed miraculous demonstrated a courage unfathomable."

The report concluded that the memory of Wise's bravery "will perpetually inspire fighting men."

There's no doubt that Wise's deeds are inspiring, but nearly 70 years later, who remembers?

Stamford, where Wise lived for much of his life, should. But residents so far have barely responded to calls to honor him.

For four years, James Vlasto has worked to raise $65,000 for a statue of Wise for Stamford, but nearly all the money has come from places other than Stamford.

Now there is a 6-foot, 7-inch bronze statue of tall, handsome, blue-eyed Wise in a warehouse in Stamford, but Vlasto's nonprofit group needs $12,000 more for a base, plaque and maybe some installation costs.

"Fundraising has been difficult in Stamford," Vlasto said. "About 85 percent of the money we raised came from elsewhere -- 19 different states, at last count. Most of the contributions have been very small, with a couple of major ones, including one from Las Vegas."

Vlasto said he began with Texas. Wise left his home in Louisiana and went there when he was 14 to find a job during the Great Depression. In 1941 Wise joined the Army. His regiment, the 142nd in the 36th Infantry Division, was formed in Texas.

"People there helped me contact people in other states whose family members served in the regiment," Vlasto said. "There's a great fondness for the regiment in Texas."

Part of the reason is what happened in Italy in the spring of 1944, when the regiment was up against some of Germany's best-trained troops in especially vicious fighting. It would end with the Americans and their allies pushing the Germans out of Italy.

As the 142nd Regiment was being pummeled by German troops in the Battle of Magliano on June 14, 1944, Sgt. Homer Lee Wise ran through gunfire to carry a wounded soldier to safety. In an effort to protect the rest of his men, Wise single-handedly held off German gunners with a grenade launcher. When the gunners fled, Wise followed, firing at them with a submachine gun.

Other German troops began to fire from a more distant range, so Wise, a good shot, walked through flying bullets, picking them off with an automatic rifle. An American tank emerged from the trees to help, but German fire was so intense that the tank had to button up. A machine gun mounted on the turret was known to be jammed, but Wise leapt up on the tank, unjammed it and fired 750 rounds, clearing the way for his regiment to take their objective, Hill 163.

For acts of bravery in other battles Wise also was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and other medals.

His deeds were so brave that in 1958, when President Eisenhower presided over a ceremony to bury unidentified soldiers in the Tomb of the Unknowns in Washington, D.C., Wise was one of six Medal of Honor recipients chosen as pallbearers.

Three years ago, the World War II Museum in Wise's home state of Louisiana inducted him into its Hall of Fame.

But in Stamford, there is only a patch of grass and a small plaque at Bedford and Chester streets. Wise adopted the city as his hometown after marrying Madolyn DiSesa, of Stamford, whom he met while he was stationed at Camp Edwards in Massachusetts and she was vacationing with her family on Cape Cod. They had one child, Jeff.

"After Homer died, I would go there and sit on the benches," said Vlasto, whose family knew the DiSesa family. "Within a few years the benches were rotting and I would think, `This is not significant enough. We have to do something that recognizes what Homer Wise did for his country. He never looked for recognition when he was alive.' "

Wise was a quiet, unassuming man who held humble jobs and carefully tended the yard of his home on Tree Lane in Springdale. Jeff Wise did not know about his father's Medal of Honor until a teacher told him when he was 12.

Later, to earn money for Jeff's college tuition, Wise worked as a waiter. People sometimes recognized him and refused to be served by him, inviting him to sit with them instead. Wise was embarrassed by it, Vlasto said.

In 1974, when Wise was 57, he collapsed at his job as a mail supervisor at a bank. An artificial artery implanted years earlier to repair a war wound had collapsed. Wise died the next day at Stamford Hospital. His son died in 1990 at age 40, and his wife died in 2002. Wise's niece, Jean Rinaldi, still lives in Stamford.

No one knows what happened to Wise's war medals, Vlasto said.

"We had to replicate everything," Vlasto said.

Some 16 million Americans served in World War II, but only 2 million saw combat, Vlasto said. Of the 2 million, just 464 were awarded the Medal of Honor, and nearly half of them received it posthumously.

Most, like Homer Lee Wise, returned home to live quiet lives as good neighbors and citizens, Vlasto said. To help students and others learn more about the nation's military heroes, he started a website,

"One thing I hope the Homer Wise project will do is bring more attention to all those who served," Vlasto said.

To make a donation, visit or send a check to the Homer L. Wise Memorial Committee, c/o Jean Rinaldi, 21 Fairmont Ave., Stamford CT 06906.


The statue of Medal of Honor recipient Homer L.Wise was dedicated in Veterans Park, Stamford CT before a huge crowd on May 26, 2013.  The Homer L. Wise Memorial Committee, Inc. raised $100,000  during a five year fundraising drive.  

The ceremony included the keynote speech by Paul W. Bucha, of Ridgefield, CT recipient of the Medal of Honor Vietnam 1968 and Morton Dean, a long time resident of Stamford and  former CBS and ABC News anchor and correspondent, who served as master of ceremonies. Attending  were former Mayor Michael Pavia who spoke,  and current Mayor David Martin of Stamford.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Report says Medal of Honor to be awarded to Vietnam Medic

Sgt. Gary Rose, an Army medic who was involved in secret operations in Laos during the Vietnam War.
After years of lobbying from members of his unit, he will be awarded the Medal of Honor.
Credit Joe Buglewicz for The New York Times

The New York Times reported on July 31, 2016, that Sgt. Gary Rose, an Army Medic who served in Laos during the Vietnam War will receive the Medal of Honor. (Left-Click to Link to Article)

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Colonel Charles Kettles, Recipient of the Medal of Honor Honored at Pentagon Hall of Heroes Ceremony

Colonel Charles Kettles
Pentagon Hall of Heroes Ceremony

Monday, July 18, 2016

Remarks by the President at Presentation to Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Charles Kettles, U.S. Army

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release                                                                                                       July 18, 2016

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East Room

11:14 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  Please have a seat.  Welcome to the White House.  Of all the privileges of this office, none is greater than serving as the Commander-in-Chief of the finest military that the world has ever known.  And of all the military decorations that our nation can bestow, we have none higher than the Medal of Honor.

As many who know him have said, nobody deserves it more than Charles Kettles of Ypsilanti, Michigan.  Many believe that –- except for Chuck.  (Laughter.)  As he says, this “seems like a hell of a fuss over something that happened 50 years ago.”  (Laughter.)

Even now, all these years later, Chuck is still defined by the humility that shaped him as a soldier.  At 86 years old, he still looks sharp as a tack in that uniform.  I pointed out he obviously has not gained any weight.  (Laughter.)  And his life is as American as they come.  He’s the son of an immigrant.  His father signed up to fly for the United States the day after Pearl Harbor and filled his five boys with a deep sense of duty to their country.  For a time, he even served in the Army Reserve -- for a time, even as he served in the Army Reserve, Chuck ran a Ford dealership with his brother.  And to families who drove a new car off that lot, he’s the salesman who helped put an American icon in their driveway.

To the aviation students at Eastern Michigan University, Chuck is the professor who taught them about the wonder of flight in the country that invented it.  To the constituents he served as a rare Republican in his hometown’s mostly Democratic city council, Chuck is the public servant who made sure that their voices were heard.  And to Ann, his beautiful bride, who grew up literally as the girl next door, Chuck is a devoted husband.  Next March they will celebrate their 40th anniversary.  So happy early anniversary.  (Applause.)  

So in a lot of ways, Chuck Kettles is America.  And to the dozens of American soldiers that he saved in Vietnam half a century ago, Chuck is the reason they lived and came home and had children and grandchildren –- entire family trees made possible by the actions of this one man.

We are honored to be joined not only by Ann, but also eight of Chuck and Ann’s 10 children, and three of their grandchildren.  It’s the Kettles family reunion here in the White House.  (Laughter.)  We’re also honored to be joined by Chuck’s brothers-in-arms from Vietnam and some of Chuck’s newest comrades, members of the Medal of Honor Society.

May 15, 1967, started as a hot Monday morning.  Soldiers from the 101st Airborne were battling hundreds of heavily armed North Vietnamese in a rural riverbed.  Our men were outnumbered.  They needed support fast –- helicopters to get the wounded out and bring more soldiers into the fight.  Chuck Kettles was a helo pilot.  And just as he’d volunteered for active duty, on this morning he volunteered his Hueys –- even though he knew the danger.  They called this place “Chump Valley” for a reason:  Above the riverbed rose a 1,500-foot-tall hill, and the enemy was dug into an extensive series of tunnels and bunkers -- the ideal spot for an ambush.

But Chuck jumped into the cockpit and took off.  Around 9 a.m., his company of Hueys approached the landing zone and looked down.  They should have seen a stand of green trees; instead, they saw a solid wall of green enemy tracers coming right at them.  None of them had ever seen fire that intense.  Soldiers in the helos were hit and killed before they could even leap off.  But under withering fire, Chuck landed his chopper and kept it there, exposed, so the wounded could get on and so that he could fly them back to base.

A second time, Chuck went back into the valley.  He dropped off more soldiers and supplies, picked up more wounded.  Once more, machine-gun bullets and mortar rounds came screaming after them.  As he took off a second time, rounds pierced the arm and leg of Chuck’s door gunner, Roland Scheck.  Chuck’s Huey was hit.  Fuel was pouring out as he flew away.  But Chuck had wounded men aboard and decided to take his chances.  He landed, found another helicopter, and flew Roland to the field hospital.

By now it was near evening.  Back in the riverbed, 44 American soldiers were still pinned down.  The air was thick with gunpowder; it smelled of burning metal.  And then they heard a faint sound, and as the sun started to set, they saw something rise over the horizon:  six American helicopters -- as one of them said, “as beautiful as could be.”  For a third time, Chuck and his unit headed into that hell on Earth.  Death or injury was all but certain, a fellow pilot said later, and “a lesser person would not return.”  Once again, the enemy unloaded everything they had on Chuck as he landed –- small arms, automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades.

Soldiers ran to the helicopters.  When Chuck was told all were accounted for, he took off.  And then, midair, his radio told him something else:  eight men had not made it aboard.  They had been providing cover for the others.  Those eight soldiers had run for the choppers, but could only watch as they floated away.  “We all figured we were done for,” they said.  Chuck came to the same conclusion.  “If we left them for 10 minutes,” he said, “they’d be POWs or dead.”

A soldier who was there said “that day, Major Kettles became our John Wayne.”  With all due respect to John Wayne, he couldn’t do what Chuck Kettles did.  He broke off from formation, took a steep, sharp, descending turn back toward the valley -– this time with no aerial or artillery support -- a lone helicopter heading back in.  Chuck’s Huey was the only target for the enemy to attack –- and they did.  Tracers lit up the sky once more.  Chuck became -- Chuck came in so hot that his chopper bounced for several hundred feet before coming to a stop.  As soon as he landed, a mortar round shattered his windshield.  Another hit the main rotor blade.  Shrapnel tore through the cockpit and Chuck’s chair.  And still, those eight soldiers started to sprint to the Huey, running through the firestorm, chased by bullets.

Chuck’s helo, now badly damaged, was carrying 13 souls and was 600 pounds over limit.  It felt, he said, like flying a two-and-a-half-ton truck.  (Laughter.)  He couldn’t hover long enough to take off.  But cool customer that he is, he says he saw his shattered windshield and thought, “that’s pretty good air conditioning.”  (Laughter.)  The cabin filled with black smoke as Chuck hopped and skipped the helo across the ground to pick up enough speed for takeoff –- like a jackrabbit, he said, bouncing across the riverbed.

The instant he got airborne, another mortar ripped into the tail, the Huey fishtailed violently, and a soldier was thrown out of the helicopter, hanging onto a skid as Chuck flew them to safety.  I couldn't make this up.  (Laughter.)  This is like a bad "Rambo" movie.  (Laughter.)  Right?  You're listening to this, you can't believe it.

So the Army’s warrior ethos is based on a simple principle: A soldier never leaves his comrades behind.  Chuck Kettles honored that creed –- not with a single act of heroism, but over and over and over.  And because of that heroism, 44 American soldiers made it out that day -- 44.  We are honored today to be joined by some of them:  Chuck’s door gunner who was hit, Roland Scheck; the last soldier Chuck rescued that day, the one who figured he was done for, Dewey Smith; and a number of soldiers, our Vietnam veterans, who fought in that battle.  Gentlemen, I would ask you to either stand if you can, or wave, so that we can thank you for your service.  (Applause.)

Now, Chuck’s heroism was recognized at the time by the Army’s second-highest award for gallantry -– the Distinguished Service Cross.  But Bill Vollano decided Chuck deserved an upgrade.  Bill is a retired social worker who went to Chuck’s house to interview him for a veterans history project sponsored by the local Rotary Club.  Ann overheard the interview from the other room and reminded Chuck to tell Bill the story I’ve just told all of you.  This is something Chuck and I have in common -– we do what our wives tell us to do.  (Laughter.)  Chuck told the story, and with his trademark humility, finished it by saying it was “a piece of cake.”  (Laughter.)

Bill, hearing the story, knew it was something more, and he started a five-year mission, along with Chuck’s son Mike, a retired Navy pilot, to award Chuck the Medal of Honor.  Bill and Mike are here, as is Congresswoman Debbie Dingell who, along with her legendary husband, John Dingell, went above and beyond to pass a law to make sure that even all these years later, we could fully recognize Chuck Kettles’ heroism, as we do today.  So we thank them for their outstanding efforts.

And that’s one more reason this story is quintessentially American:  Looking out for one another; the belief that nobody should be left behind.  This shouldn't just be a creed for our soldiers –- it should be a creed for all of us.  This is a country that's never finished in its mission to improve, to do better, to learn from our history, to work to form a more perfect union.  And at a time when, let's face it, we've had a couple of tough weeks, for us to remember the goodness and decency of the American people, and the way that we can all look out for each other, even when times are tough, even when the odds are against us -- what a wonderful inspiration.  What a great gift for us to be able to celebrate something like this.

It might take time, but having failed to give our veterans who fought in Vietnam the full measure of thanks and respect that they had earned, we acknowledged that our failure to do so was a shame.  We resolve that it will never happen again.  It can take time, but old adversaries can find peace.  Thanks to the leadership of so many Vietnam vets who had the courage to rebuild ties, I was able to go to Vietnam recently and see a people as enthusiastic about America as probably any place in the world -– crowds lining the streets.  And we were able to say that, on a whole lot of issues, Vietnam and the United States are now partners.  Here at home, it might take time, but we have to remember everyone on our team –- just like Chuck Kettles.  Sometimes we have to turn around, and head back, and help those who need a lift.

Chuck says the most gratifying part of this whole story is that Dewey’s name, and Roland’s name, and the names of the 42 other Americans he saved are not etched in the solemn, granite wall not far from here that memorializes the fallen in the Vietnam War.  Instead, it will be Chuck Kettles’ name forever etched on the walls that communities have built from Southern California to South Carolina in honor of those who have earned the Medal of Honor.

Of course, Chuck says all this attention is “a lot of hubbub, but I’ll survive.”  (Laughter.)  Chuck, you’ve survived much worse than this ceremony.  (Laughter.)  And on behalf of the American people, let me say that this hubbub is richly and roundly deserved.  As the military aide prepares to read the citation, please join me in saluting this proud American soldier and veteran who reminds us all of the true meaning of service –- Lieutenant Colonel Chuck Kettles.  (Applause.)

MILITARY AIDE:  The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3rd, 1863, has awarded, in the name of Congress, the Medal of Honor to Major Charles S. Kettles, United States Army.  Major Charles S. Kettles distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as flight commander, 176th Aviation Company, (Airmobile) (Light), 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, Americal Division near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam.

On 15 May, 1967, Major Kettles, upon learning that an airborne infantry unit had suffered casualties during an intense firefight with the enemy, immediately volunteered to lead a flight of six UH-1 Delta helicopters to carry reinforcements to the embattled force and to evacuate wounded personnel.  Enemy small arms, automatic weapons, and mortar fire raked the landing zone, inflicting heavy damage to the helicopters.  However, Major Kettles refused to depart until all helicopters were loaded to capacity.

He then returned to the battlefield with full knowledge of the intense enemy fire awaiting his arrival, to bring more reinforcements, landing in the midst of enemy mortar and automatic weapons fire that seriously wounded his gunner and severely damaged his aircraft.  Upon departing, Major Kettles was advised by another helicopter crew that he had fuel streaming out of his aircraft.  Despite the risk posed by the leaking fuel, he nursed the damaged aircraft back to base.

Later that day, the Infantry Battalion Commander requested immediate emergency extraction of the remaining 40 troops, including four members of Major Kettles' unit who were stranded when their helicopter was destroyed by enemy fire.  With only one flyable UH-1 helicopter remaining, Major Kettles volunteered to return to the deadly landing zone for a third time, leading a flight of six evacuation helicopters, five of which were from the 161st Aviation Company.

During the extraction, Major Kettles was informed by the last helicopter that all personnel were onboard, and departed the landing zone accordingly.  Army gunships, supporting the evacuation, also departed the areas.  Once airborne, Major Kettles was advised that eight troops has been unable to reach the evacuation helicopters due to the intense enemy fire.  With complete disregard for his own safety, Major Kettles passed the lead to another helicopter and returned to the landing zone to rescue the remaining troops.  Without gunship, artillery, or tactical air support, the enemy concentrated all firepower on his lone aircraft, which was immediately damaged by a mortar round that shattered both front windshields and the chin bubble, and was further raked by small arms and machine gun fire.

Despite the intense enemy fire, Major Kettles maintained control of the aircraft and situation, allowing for the remaining eight soldiers to board the aircraft.  In spite of the severe damage to his helicopter, Major Kettles once more skillfully guided his heavily damaged aircraft to safety.  Without his courageous actions and the superior flying skills, the last group of soldier and his crew would never have made it off the battle field.

Major Kettles' selfless act of repeated valor and determination are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.

(The Medal of Honor is presented.)

(A prayer is given.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Ladies and gentlemen, that concludes the ceremony.  But we have a reception.  I hear the food here is pretty good.  (Laughter.)  Let's give one more round of applause to Mr. Chuck Kettles.  (Applause.)

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11:31 A.M. EDT

Saturday, July 16, 2016

REMINDER: White House MOH Presentation Ceremony: this Monday, July 18th.

White House MOH Presentation Ceremony will be this Monday, July 18th. (11:00 am EDT). President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Charles Kettles, U.S. Army.

Please use link below on Monday morning for final Schedule and to view Ceremony LIVE from the White House.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Alabama Medal of Honor recipient and patriots remembered fondly

Ola Lee Mize Patriots Park in Gadsden (Bernard Troncale/Alabama NewsCenter)

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Medal of Honor Citation, Ola Lee Mize

Ola Lee Mize
Medal of Honor​
June 10-11,1953
M/Sgt. Mize, a member of Company K, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. Company K was committed to the defense of "Outpost Harry", a strategically valuable position, when the enemy launched a heavy attack. Learning that a comrade on a friendly listening post had been wounded he moved through the intense barrage, accompanied by a medical aid man, and rescued the wounded soldier. On returning to the main position he established an effective defense system and inflicted heavy casualties against attacks from determined enemy assault forces which had penetrated into trenches within the outpost area. During his fearless actions he was blown down by artillery and grenade blasts 3 times but each time he dauntlessly returned to his position, tenaciously fighting and successfully repelling hostile attacks. When enemy onslaughts ceased he took his few men and moved from bunker to bunker, firing through apertures and throwing grenades at the foe, neutralizing their positions. When an enemy soldier stepped out behind a comrade, prepared to fire, M/Sgt. Mize killed him, saving the life of his fellow soldier. After rejoining the platoon, moving from man to man, distributing ammunition, and shouting words of encouragement he observed a friendly machine gun position overrun. He immediately fought his way to the position, killing 10 of the enemy and dispersing the remainder. Fighting back to the command post, and finding several friendly wounded there, he took a position to protect them. Later, securing a radio, he directed friendly artillery fire upon the attacking enemy's routes of approach. At dawn he helped regroup for a counterattack which successfully drove the enemy from the outpost. M/Sgt. Mize's valorous conduct and unflinching courage reflect lasting glory upon himself and uphold the noble traditions of the military service.

Editor's note: The City of Birmingham Alabama has recently designed and erected one of the finest memorials to a recipient of the Medal of Honor. We are still hopeful that the City of Stamford, CT will place the statue of  Medal of Honor recipient  Homer L. Wise in a place of honor in the renovated Veterans Park.

Ola Lee Mize Photo Courtesy of Home of 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

​Medal of Honor Recipient and POW Veteran Recognized For Heroism During Korean War​

​By Kalyn McMackin   July 4, 2016​

Corporal Hiroshi Miyamura
Medal of Honor
April 24-25, 1951
PUEBLO, Colo. — In honor of Independence Day, an American hero and Medal of Honor recipient was recognized for his efforts in the Korean War.

At just 18-years-old, Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura was assigned to the Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Following the end of World War II, Miyamura would later be assigned to duty fighting on the front lines of the Korean War.

On the night of April 24 1951, Corporal Miyamura and his company were attacked by the enemy who threatened to overrun their position.

“In war time you don’t have time to think about what you’re going to do,” said Miyamura. “You have to react.”

Miyamura, a machine gun squad leader, was aware of the imminent danger to his men so without hesitation he jumped from shelter and in close hand-to-hand combat killed 10 enemy soldiers.

“[It was] A responsibility I was never prepared for but I felt that since I am in command of these men, I have to be sure that I can give the right orders and make the right decision,” said Miyamura.

He killed more than 50 enemy soldiers that night protecting his men at all costs. As his position was overrun, he was severely wounded and before he knew it he became a prisoner of war (POW).

“That is something I never thought I would become but circumstances had it that I was captured when I was passed out and had no control over whether I was a prisoner or not,” he said.

Miyamura carried fellow comrade Joel Anello miles to safety before they were both captured and taken hostage.

“We said our goodbyes and I thanked him for everything he did,” said Anello. “I think at that point I was only 18-years-old and probably would not have seen my 19th birthday if it was not for Hershey.”

At the POW camp, Miyamura and his men received no food or medical attention for weeks and in the process lost dozens of their comrades. Twenty-eight long and enduring months later, Miyamura was released.

“I’ve always appreciated the American flag,” said Miyamura. “To me that was the most beautiful sight when we crossed over from the North Korea side to the American side and to see that flag fluttering in the breeze — that made us feel like we were back home again.”

Upon his return, Miyamura quickly learned he had been awarded the military’s highest honor.

“I remember all I could say was ‘what’ because I felt all I was doing was my duty,” he said.

In 1953, he was presented the Medal of Honor by President Dwight Eisenhower and now at 90-years-old, Miyamura is still in awe.

“I still have to pinch myself every now and then to make sure I’m not dreaming,” he said.

Miyamura says his focus now is educating the next generation and ensuring the same values and goals when it comes to preserving the American way of life.

Medal of Honor ​Citation​

Cpl. Miyamura, a member of Company H, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. On the night of 24 April, Company H was occupying a defensive position when the enemy fanatically attacked threatening to overrun the position. Cpl. Miyamura, a machine gun squad leader, aware of the imminent danger to his men unhesitatingly jumped from his shelter wielding his bayonet in close hand-to-hand combat killing approximately 10 of the enemy. Returning to his position, he administered first aid to the wounded and directed their evacuation. As another savage assault hit the line, he manned his machine gun and delivered withering fire until his ammunition was expended. He ordered the squad to withdraw while he stayed behind to render the gun inoperative. He then bayoneted his way through infiltrated enemy soldiers to a second gun emplacement and assisted in its operation. When the intensity of the attack necessitated the withdrawal of the company Cpl. Miyamura ordered his men to fall back while he remained to cover their movement. He killed more than 50 of the enemy before his ammunition was depleted and he was severely wounded. He maintained his magnificent stand despite his painful wounds, continuing to repel the attack until his position was overrun. When last seen he was fighting ferociously against an overwhelming number of enemy soldiers. Cpl. Miyamura's indomitable heroism and consummate devotion to duty reflect the utmost glory on himself and uphold the illustrious traditions on the military service.

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