Clifford T. Tokunaga

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 Private First Class Clifford Toshikazu Tokunaga (ASN: 30105286), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, on 26 and 27 June 1944, near Hill 132 in Italy. Private First Class Tokunaga was forced into hiding behind enemy lines with two companions when cut off from his unit. Private First Class Tokunaga boldly captured an enemy soldier by threatening him with a hand grenade .Observing the prisoner's comrades approaching along the same route; he single-handedly captured the second foe. Leaving the two prisoners in the care of one of his companion, he flanked and ambushed some other enemy soldiers and sent his second companion to cover their escape route. By the element of surprise and again without firing a shot, he captured an enemy officer and an enlisted man. He then fought his way back to his own lines, contacted a patrol and with its assistance led his two comrades and the prisoners to his unit. Private First Class Tokunaga's exceptional bravery and resourcefulness reflects high merit on the United States Army.

26, 27-Jun-44
Rank: Private First Class
Company: Company F
Battalion: 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team
Division: 36th Infantry Division