Joe M Nishimoto, PFC (1919 - 1944) MP

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Birthplace: Fresno, CA, USA
Death: Died in near La Houssiere, France
Cause of death: KIA Hostile Fire
Occupation: 442nd Regimental Combat Team
Managed by: Marvin Caulk, (C)
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About Joe M Nishimoto, PFC

Private First Class Joe M. Nishimoto (February 21, 1919 – November 15, 1944) was a member of the highly decorated 442nd Regimental Combat Team which served in the European theater during World War II. Nishimoto, who had been interned at the Jerome War Relocation Center in Arkansas, posthumously received the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor in the United States, in 1998 by President Bill Clinton for his actions on November 7, 1944, near La Houssiere, France. His Medal of Honor citation reads as follows:


After three days of unsuccessful attempts by his company to dislodge the enemy from a strongly defended ridge, Private First Class Nishimoto, as acting squad leader, boldly crawled forward through a heavily mined and booby-trapped area. Spotting a machine gun nest, he hurled a grenade and destroyed the emplacement. Then, circling to the rear of another machine gun position, he fired his submachine gun at point-blank range, killing one gunner and wounding another. Pursuing two enemy riflemen, Private First Class Nishimoto killed one, while the other hastily retreated. Continuing his determined assault, he drove another machine gun crew from its position. The enemy, with their key strong points taken, were forced to withdraw from this sector.



Nishimoto was killed in action November 15, 1944.


Medal of Honor citation


Private First Class Nishimoto's official Medal of Honor citation reads:


Private First Class Joe M. Nishimoto distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 7 November 1944, near La Houssiere, France. After three days of unsuccessful attempts by his company to dislodge the enemy from a strongly defended ridge, Private First Class Nishimoto, as acting squad leader, boldly crawled forward through a heavily mined and booby-trapped area. Spotting a machine gun nest, he hurled a grenade and destroyed the emplacement. Then, circling to the rear of another machine gun position, he fired his submachine gun at point-blank range, killing one gunner and wounding another. Pursuing two enemy riflemen, Private First Class Nishimoto killed one, while the other hastily retreated. Continuing his determined assault, he drove another machine gun crew from its position. The enemy, with their key strong points taken, were forced to withdraw from this sector. Private First Class Nishimoto'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.

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Joe Nishimoto, PFC's Timeline

1919
February 21, 1919
Fresno, CA, USA
1944
November 15, 1944
Age 25
near La Houssiere, France