*Ohata, Allan M.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant,
U.S. Army, Company B, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate). Place and date:
Cerasuolo, Italy, 29-30 November, 1943. Born: 13 September 1918, Honolulu,
Hawaii. Entered service at: Honolulu, Hawaii.
Sergeant Allan M. Ohata distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 29 and
30 November 1943, near Cerasuolo, Italy. Sergeant Ohata, his squad leader, and three men
were ordered to protect his platoons left flank against an attacking enemy force of
40 men, armed with machine guns, machine pistols, and rifles. He posted one of his men, an
automatic rifleman, on the extreme left, 15 yards from his own position. Taking his
position, Sergeant Ohata delivered effective fire against the advancing enemy. The man to
his left called for assistance when his automatic rifle was shot and damaged. With utter
disregard for his personal safety, Sergeant Ohata left his position and advanced 15 yards
through heavy machine gun fire. Reaching his comrades position, he immediately fired
upon the enemy, killing 10 enemy soldiers and successfully covering his comrades
withdrawal to replace his damaged weapon. Sergeant Ohata and the automatic rifleman held
their position and killed 37 enemy soldiers. Both men then charged the three remaining
soldiers and captured them. Later, Sergeant Ohata and the automatic rifleman stopped
another attacking force of 14, killing four and wounding three while the others fled. The
following day he and the automatic rifleman held their flank with grim determination and
staved off all attacks. Staff Sergeant Ohatas 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.