Takanori A. Nishi
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 Takanori A. Nishi (ASN: 39915180), 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 34th Infantry Division, on 12 July 1944, in the vicinity of Pastina, Italy. As a member of a reconnaissance patrol, Private First Class Nishi advanced to within ten feet of the enemy's outposts in order to gain information. Disregarding the platoon leader's orders to withdraw when almost surrounded by the enemy, Private First Class Nishi continued observing the enemy movements. Finally in withdrawing, he was forced to fight his way back against a numerically superior force and was killed in the attempt. His comrade, however, returned safely and gave valuable information to the rest of the patrol which proved instrumental in the Battalion's successful attack on the town of Pastina. The courage and devotion to duty displayed by Private First Class Nishi gained for him the respect and admiration of his entire organization.
Rank: Private First Class
Company: Company C
Battalion: 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team
Division: 34th Infantry Division