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Kaoru Moto

 

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Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

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Born:  April 25, 1917 at Spreckelsville, Hawaii

Entered Service in the US Army from Spreckelsville, Maui, Hawaii

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism July 7, 1944 at Castellina, Italy

Died:  August 26, 1992 at the age of 75

While serving as first scout, Private First Class Moto observed a machine gun nest that was hindering his platoon's progress. On his own initiative, he made his way to a point ten paces from the hostile position and killed the enemy gunner. The enemy assistant gunner opened fire in his direction. Crawling to the rear, PFC Moto surprised the enemy soldier, who quickly surrendered. Taking his prisoner with him, PFC Moto took a position a few yards from a house to prevent the enemy from using the building as an observation post. While guarding the house and his prisoner, he observed an enemy machine gun team moving into position. He engaged them, and with deadly fire, forced the enemy to withdraw. An enemy sniper located in another house fired at him, severely wounding him. Applying first aid to his wound, he changed position to elude the sniper fire and to advance. Finally relieved of his position, he made his way to the rear for treatment. Crossing a road, he spotted an enemy machine gun nest. Opening fire, he wounded two of the three soldiers in the position. Not satisfied with this accomplishment, he then crawled forward to a better position and ordered the enemy soldier to surrender. Receiving no answer, Private First Class Moto fired at the position, and the soldiers surrendered.

 

 

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