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 Michiru Sumida (ASN: 39087879), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company C, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, on 6 April 1945, near Strettoia, Mt. Cerreta, Italy. Private First Class Sumida's platoon was digging in on a hill occupied after two days of heated engagements. The hill was under direct enemy observations and subjected to sniper fire which wounded a sergeant. Private First Class Sumida, without regard for his own life, immediately dashed to the aid of his fellow soldier. Sniper's bullets trailed his course but he did not falter until he had reached the wounded man. As he bent to help his comrade, he was shot and killed by the enemy sniper. Private First Class Sumida's gallant heroism reflects credit on the traditions of the United States Army.
Rank: Private First Class
Company: Company C
Battalion: 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team
Division: 92d Infantry Division