Thomas T. Mekata

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 Corporal Thomas Tsutomu Mekata (ASN: 30102090), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company D, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, on 20 - 21 August 1944, near Riglione di Pisa, Italy. When an enemy patrol approached his machine gun position, Corporal Mekata after instructing his assistant to man the weapon, left his place of safety at the machine gun emplacement and crawled toward the enemy patrol in order to determine its exact location and direct effective fire against it. While returning to his gun position he was seriously wounded by a rifle grenade fired by a member of the enemy patrol. Despite his wound, and at the risk of drawing additional enemy fire, Corporal Mekata called out the position of the enemy patrol to his assistant gunner. By this means, his assistant was able to effectively direct fire against the enemy patrol, causing it to withdraw. His undaunted determination and utter disregard for personal safety reflect credit upon the Armed Forces of the United States.

Rank: Corporal
Company: Company D
Battalion: 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team
Division: 92d Infantry Division