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 Edward Ogawa (ASN: 39913809), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, on 18 October 1944, in the vicinity of Bruyeres, France. The platoon of which Private First Class Ogawa was a member was assigned the task of occupying an isolated farm house in order to secure the battalion's right flank while it advanced against an enemy-held hill. This farmhouse was situated on open flat terrain covered by enemy fire. As his platoon dashed across the open field to the farm house, a hundred yards away, Private First Class Ogawa ran along the right flank of the group and screened their movement by firing his BAR at four enemy-held machine gun positions which he had previously spotted. By thus pinning down the enemy machine gunners, he enabled his platoon to reach their objective with only one casualty. After reaching the farm house he placed himself at a strategic but exposed position and returned fire on the enemy positions. It was while he was so engaged that he was mortally wounded by a sniper. By his heroic conduct Private First Class Ogawa contributed materially to the success of his battalion's mission.
Rank: Private First Class
Company: Company C
Battalion: 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team
Division: 36th Infantry Division