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 Himeo Hiratani (ASN: 30101500), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Headquarters Company, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 4 November 1943, in the vicinity of Venafro, Italy. Private Hiratani was a member of a wire team was laying communication wire along a road to his Battalion forward Command Post when an enemy group armed with rifles and two machine guns opened fire at close range on the wire team. Unable to by-pass the position, Private Hiratani and his comrades determined to push forward to their destination and accomplish their mission in spite of the concentrated fire. Returning the enemy fire as best the could Private Hiratani and his comrades continued laying the wire but while so engaged he was fatally wounded. Private Hiratani's devotion to duty at the cost of his own life reflects credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Company: Headquarters Company
Battalion: 100th Infantry Battalion (separate)
Division: 34th Infantry Division