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 Mitsuo W Tanji (ASN: 30104271), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, on 15 October 1944, in France. Private First Class Tanji's squad was in a platoon attack against strongly-defended enemy-held slopes of an important hill. As the platoon gained the crest of the hill, it was subjected to immediate machine gun fire from the left flank and Private First Class Tanji's squad was ordered to flank the hostile emplacement. Private First Class Tanji and two BAR men crawled ahead of the squad for 30 yards until they were within 15 yards of the hostile fire. Under a hail of enemy fire, he crawled forward another 5 yards to a better position. As the BAR men prevented the foe from firing their own weapons, Private First Class Tanji threw three hand grenades which completely destroyed the enemy weapon and its three-man crew. His courageous action enabled the platoon to complete its mission and reflects high credit on the traditions of the Armed Forces.
Rank: Private First Class
Company: Company F
Battalion: 2d Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team
Division: 92d Infantry Division