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 Harushi Kondo (ASN: 30100396), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), in action on 4 November 1943, in the vicinity of Neafro, Italy. Private First Class Kondo, a member of a wire team, was laying communication wire to his Battalion forward Command Post along a road when an enemy group armed with approximately six rifles and two machine-guns opened fired on him at close range. Unable to by-pass the position and in spite of the concentrated fire, Private Kondo and his comrades determined to push on through. Returning the enemy fire as best they could, he and his comrades continued laying the wire. During this action Private First Class Kondo was mortally wounded, but even as he fell he hurled a hand grenade at the nearest machine-gun nest. Private First Class Kondo's devotion to duty, courage and unusual bravery was exemplary and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.
Rank: Private First Class
Company: Headquarters Company
Battalion: 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate)
Division: 34th Infantry Division