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 Staff Sergeant Atsuo Sahara (ASN: 30102274), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 12 July 1944, in the vicinity of Pastina, Italy. When the platoon was ordered to attack, Sergeant Sahara's squad was sent out to reconnoiter forward. Discovering enemy machine gun positions, he and a comrade advanced under the covering fire of the rest of the squad. They moved forward about 200 yards and were suddenly aware of enemy movements. Sergeant Sahara cautiously crawled to the left flank of the emplacement, quickly tossed a hand grenade and was momentarily subjected to intense machine gun fire. All of a sudden the enemy gunner left his post and withdrew. Finding the other gunner dead, Sergeant Sahara instructed his comrade to report back for support. He then crawled forward and gained valuable information as to the enemy machine gun positions, which he relayed back to the artillery. The courage and aggressiveness displayed by Sergeant Sahara enabled the company to secure their objective and inflict several casualties upon the enemy forces.
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Company: Company A
Battalion: 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team
Division: 34th Infantry Division