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Medal of Honor recipients, Asian American

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  • José B Nísperos, PVT (1887 - 1922)
    José B. Nísperos (December 30, 1887–September 1, 1922) was a member of the Philippine Scouts who received the Medal of Honor during the Philippine-American War. He was the first As...
  • Telesforo de la Crux Trinidad, Fireman (1890 - 1968)
    Telesforo de la Crux Trinidad (November 25, 1890-May 8, 1968) was a Filipino[fireman 2nd class in the United States Navy who received the Medal of Honor for actions, in Mexican waters near La Paz, on b...
  • Jose Calugas, SR, CPT (1907 - 1998)
    Jose Calugas (December 29, 1907 – January 18, 1998) was a member of the Philippine Scouts during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Battle of Bataan. At the ...
  • Rudolph B Davila, SSG (1916 - 2002)
    Rudolph B. Davila (April 27, 1916 – January 26, 2002), born in El Paso, Texas, was a United States Army officer, of Spanish-Filipino descent, who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in I...
  • Barney Fushimi Hajiro, PVT (1916 - 2011)
    Barney Fushimi Hajiro (September 16, 1916 – January 21, 2011) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—...

The Medal of Honor was created during the American Civil War and is the highest military decoration presented by the United States government to a member of its armed forces. The recipient must have distinguished themselves at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy of the United States. Due to the nature of this medal, it is commonly presented posthumously.


Of the 3,464 Medals of Honor awarded as of September 17, 2009,[2] 31 have been awarded to Asian American recipients. The first Asian American to receive the Medal was José B. Nísperos, who received it for his actions in the Philippine–American War.


In 1996, a study determined that Asian Americans were discriminated against in the awarding of medals during World War II; consequently, 22 had their medals upgraded to the Medal of Honor. Except for those awarded during the 1996 discrimination study the most recent Asian American recipient of the Medal of Honor was Rodney Yano, who received it for his actions during the Vietnam War