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 Hatsuji Hadano (ASN: 30104542), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 36th Infantry Division, on 20 October 1944 near Bruyeres, France. When a carrying party of which he was a volunteer member was ambushed, Private First Class Hadano assumed command of the situation and directed the men toward cover. Realizing the importance of getting the rations to the front lines where the shortage had become critical, one of the party attempted to run the gauntlet of enemy fire but was fatally wounded before he could advance very far. Observing the helpless condition of his comrade who was fully exposed to the enemy fire, Private first Class Hadano ran to his aid and just as he reached his side was himself hit by the enemy fire. Though mortally wounded he shouted to his men to remain where they were and to stay under cover. Inspired by his gallant action, the carrying party successfully held the numerically superior enemy at bay until the rescuing party arrived and completely routed the enemy forces. By his gallantry and supreme devotion to duty at the risk of his own life, Private First Class Hadano reflects honor upon himself and the United States Army.
Rank: Private First Class
Battalion: 2nd Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
Division: 36th Infantry Division