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Kiyoshi H. Muranaga



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.

Evergreen Cemetery

Born:  February 16, 1922 at Los Angeles, CA

Entered Service in the US Army from Ameche, CO

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism June 26, 1944 at Suvereto, Italy

Died:  June 26, 1944 at the age of 21

Private First Class Muranaga's company encountered a strong enemy force in commanding positions with superior firepower. An enemy 88mm self-propelled gun opened direct fire on the company, causing the men to disperse and seek cover. PFC Muranaga's mortar squad was ordered to action, but the terrain made it impossible to set up their weapons. The squad leader, realizing the vulnerability of the mortar position, moved his men away from the gun to positions of relative safety. Because of the heavy casualties being inflicted on his company, PFC Muranaga attempted to neutralize the 88mm weapon alone. Voluntarily remaining at his position, PFC Muranaga manned the mortar himself and opened fire on the enemy gun at a range of approximately 400 yards. With his third round, he was able to correct his fire so that the shell landed directly in front of the enemy gun. The enemy crew, aware of the source of mortar fire, turned their 88mm weapon directly on PFC Muranaga's position. Before he could fire a fourth round, an 88mm shell scored a direct hit on his position, killing him instantly. Because of the accuracy of PFC Muranaga's previous fire, the enemy soldiers decided not to risk further exposure and immediately abandoned their position.



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