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 Kenichi Tsumaki (ASN: 39683559), 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 36th Infantry Division, in France on 29 October and 7 November 1944. When his company's radio was damaged by enemy hand grenade fragments, Private First Class Tsumaki volunteered to carry a new one to the forward company. Though the artillery shells were falling along the supply route, he valiantly moved forward toward the front lines, crawling through enemy small arms fire for the last 75 yards to successfully reach his destination. On 7 November 1944, when the company was badly in need of ammunition he voluntarily carried the boxes of ammunition for a distance of 150 yards through heavy enemy fire to the front lines. Fatally wounded shortly after delivering the ammunition, Private First Class Tsumaki was an inspiration to his comrades and by his courage, determination and gallantry reflects much credit upon himself and the United States.
29-Oct-44 and 7-Nov-44
Rank: Private First Class
Company: Company K
Battalion: 3d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team
Division: 36th Infantry Division