Thomas T. Takao
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class Thomas Tamotsu Takao (ASN: 39913686), 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 Takao advanced to within ten feet of the enemy outposts in order to gain information. Disregarding the platoon leader's instructions to withdraw when almost surrounded by the enemy, Private First Class Takao continued observing the enemy movements. Finally, in withdrawing, he was forced to fight his way back against a numerically superior force. The courage and initiative displayed by Private First Class Takao and the valuable information he had gained were of inestimable value to his battalion's successful attack on the town of Pastina.
Rank: Private First Class
Company: Company C
Battalion: 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team
Division: 34th Infantry Division