Akira Yoshinaga

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Technician Fourth Grade Akira Yoshinaga (ASN: 39164669), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, in the vicinity of Bruyeres, France, on 17 October 1944. During an assault upon enemy position, the advance by heavy artillery and automatic weapons fire. Although painfully wounded in the right foot early in the engagement, Technician Fourth Grade Yoshinaga stayed with his men, refusing to withdraw to the rear to obtain medical attention. In a determined effort extricate his squad from a desperate situation, he exposed himself to the enemy in order to bring accurate fire to bear on his positions, and while thus engaged was fatally shot by a German sniper. By his courage and supreme devotion to duty, Technician Fourth Grade Yoshinaga was a source of inspiration to his men and reflects honor upon himself and the United States Army.

Rank: Technician Fourth Grade
Company: Company G
Battalion: 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team
Division: 36th Infantry Division