Satoshi Matsuoka

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Technician Fifth Grade [then Private] Walter Satoshi Kadota (ASN: 30100557), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on 20 October 1943, near Leonardo, Italy. During an attack by the 100th Infantry Battalion, the platoon to which Technician Fifth Grade Kadota was attached was pinned down by intense enemy machine-gun and mortar fire. With utter disregard for his own personal safety, he left his defiladed position, moved about in the open terrain and administered first-aid to twelve of his fellow comrades who had been wounded. Then, as his platoon withdrew under heavy fire, he evacuated a large number of the casualties, although enemy machine-guns were only 50 yards away at the time. Technician Fifth Grade Kadota's courage and devotion to duty in the face of grave danger saved the lives of many of his fellow comrades and was a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.

21-Oct-43
Army
Rank: Technician Fifth Grade
Company: Company A
Battalion: 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate)
Division: 34th Infantry Division