Masato // 中江正人 Nakae, PVT

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Masato // 中江正人 Nakae, PVT

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Lihue, HI, USA
Death: September 4, 1998 (80)
Place of Burial: Honolulu, HI, USA
Occupation: 100th/442d Infantry
Managed by: Ashley Odell
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About Masato // 中江正人 Nakae, PVT

Masato Nakae (Japanese: 中江正人; December 20, 1917 – September 4, 1998) was a private in the United States Army who served with the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment during World War II. He was one of 22 Americans of Japanese descent received the Medal of Honor on June 21, 2000 (about two years after his death) by President Bill Clinton. Originally awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, his award was upgraded to the Medal of Honor after Congress directed the Secretary of the Army to review all awards of the DSC to Americans of Japanese and Pacific Islands descent to determine if racial bias had influenced the awards process.

Medal of Honor citation

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3, 1863, has awarded in the name of The Congress the Medal of Honor to




for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:

Private Masato Nakae distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on August 19, 1944, near Pisa, Italy. When his submachine gun was damaged by a shell fragment during a fierce attack by a superior enemy force, Private Nakae quickly picked up his wounded comrade’s M-1 rifle and fired rifle grenades at the steadily advancing enemy. As the hostile force continued to close in on his position, Private Nakae threw six grenades and forced them to withdraw. During a concentrated enemy mortar barrage that preceded the next assault by the enemy force, a mortar shell fragment seriously wounded Private Nakae. Despite his injury, he refused to surrender his position and continued firing at the advancing enemy. By inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy force, he finally succeeded in breaking up the attack and caused the enemy to withdraw. Private Nakae’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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Masato // 中江正人 Nakae, PVT's Timeline

December 20, 1917
Lihue, HI, USA
September 4, 1998
Age 80
Honolulu, HI, USA