Gordon K. Takasaki

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 Technical Sergeant Gordon Kiyoshi Takasaki (ASN: 30104946), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, on 23 April 1945 in the vicinity of San Terenzo, Italy. Leading his platoon in an attack on a strongly fortified village, Technical Sergeant Takasaki boldly maneuvered his men through the center of the town to capture a dominating ridge. As the Germans attempted to withdraw, he daringly led his men to cut off their escape route. Through heavy German mortar, machine gun and artillery fire, Technical Sergeant Takasaki advanced exposing himself to heavy fire in his attempt to surround and disorganize the enemy. Wounded in the chest by machine gun fire, he continued to direct his men in battle. Refusing aid for himself in favor of his wounded men, he summoned his remaining strength to continue the fight. As a result of his plans and orders, his men cut the enemy escape road and brilliantly accomplished their mission. Technical Sergeant Takasaki's devotion to duty, leadership and exceptional courage are in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Armed Forces.

Rank: Technical Sergeant
Company: Company E
Battalion: 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team
Division: 92d Infantry Division