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18 Medals of Honor are Accredited to Hawaii

  • Fifteen Americans received Medals of Honor for action on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.  Only FIVE of these heroes survived their moment of valor.  All are now deceased.

  • A review of Asian/Pacific Islanders who received Distinguished Service Crosses during WWII led to upgrades to the Medal of Honor.  In June, 2000 President Clinton awarded 22 Medals of Honor for such WWII service, 12 of which were awarded to native Hawaiians.

  • Honolulu's Francis Wai is the ONLY Chinese-American to receive the Medal of Honor in US History.

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  • The FLAG that flew over Pearl Harbor that fateful "Day of Infamy" on December 7, 1941 was preserved and flown again.  On August 14, 1945, the day the Japanese accepted the surrender terms ending World War II, the Pearl Harbor FLAG flew over the White House in Washington, DC.  Click on the green button below to read the story of this historic flag.

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"For Conspicuous Gallantry and Intrepidity in Action At the Risk of Life Above and Beyond the Call of Duty"

 

RECIPIENT'S NAME

Branch

PLACE OF BIRTH

MOH ACCREDITED TO:

World War II
  Hajiro, Barney F. Army Punene, Maui, HI Honolulu, HI
**Hasemoto, Mikio Army Honolulu, HI Schofield Barracks, HI
  Hayashi, Shizuya Army Waiakea, Oahu, HI Schofield Barracks, HI
  Inouye, Daniel K. Army Honolulu, HI Honolulu, HI
  Kobashigawa, Yeiki Army Hilo, HI Honolulu, HI
**Kuroda, Robert Army Aiea, Oahu, HI Honolulu, HI
**Moto, Kaoru Army Spreckelsville, Maui, HI Spreckelsville, Maui, HI
**Nakae, Masato Army Lihue, Kauiai, HI Honolulu, HI
**Nakamine, Shinyei Army Waianae, Oahu, HI Honolulu, HI
**Ohata, Allan M. Army Honolulu, HI Honolulu, HI
  Okutsu, Yukio Army Koloa, Kauai, HI Koloa, Kauai, HI
**Wai, Francis B. Army Honolulu, HI Honolulu, HI
Korean War

**Kaho'ohanohano, Anthony T.

Army Maui, HI Wailuku, Maui, HI

**Mendonca, Leroy A.

Army

Honolulu, HI

Honolulu, HI

**Pililaau, Herbert K

Army

Waianae, HI

Oahu, HI

Vietnam

**Kawamura, Terry Teruo

Army

Wahiawa, HI

Oahu, HI

**Smith, Elmelindo Rodriques

Army

Honolulu, HI

Honolulu, HI

**Yano, Rodney James Tadashi

Army

Kealakekua Kona, HI

Honolulu, HI

The following Medal of Honor Recipients were BORN in Hawaii but  enlisted in military service in New York,  to which his award is accredited.  By virtue of his birth, he is   still among our "Home Town Heroes".

RECIPIENT'S NAME

Branch

PLACE OF BIRTH

MOH ACCREDITED TO:

Smith, James

Navy

Hawaii

New York, NY

Versace, Humbert Roque

Army

Honolulu Norfolk, VA

 

 

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