Gordon K. Yamashiro
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Staff Sergeant Gordon Kenshi Yamashiro (ASN: 30105540), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 17 July 1944, in the vicinity of Luciana, Italy. When an enemy machine gun nest in a building pinned down and halted the advance of his platoon during the attack on Luciana, Sergeant Yamashiro on his own initiative ran diagonally across the machine gun's sector of fire with the intention of knocking it out with a hand grenade. Enemy bullets missed him by inches and as he reached a corner of the building enemy snipers opened up on him. Undeterred, Sergeant Yamashiro threw a hand grenade through the window, killing two and wounding three of the enemy and wiping out the machine gun nest. Sergeant Yamashiro's aggressiveness and daring broke a one-hour stalemate and led to the capture of Luciana itself later that evening.
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Company: Company K
Battalion: 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team
Division: 34th Infantry Division