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First Name: James

Last Name: Diamond

Birthplace: New Orleans, LA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Gulfport, MS
Middle Name: H.

Date of Birth: 22 April 1925

Date of Death: 14 May 1945

Rank: Private First Class

Years Served: 1943 - 1945
James H. Diamond

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


James H. Diamond
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
World War II

Private First Class James H. Diamond (22 April 1925 - 14 May 1945) was a U.S. Army soldier who was posthumously awarded the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during World War II.

James H. Diamond was born on 22 April 1925 in New Orleans, LA. He joined the Army from Gulfport, MS. On 8 May 1945, he was serving as a Private First Class in Company D, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. On that day, and the following six days, at Mintal, Mindanao, the Philippines, he repeatedly distinguished himself by his actions in battle and by volunteering for hazardous assignments, such as evacuating wounded and repairing a bridge under heavy fire. On 14 May he was killed after running through intense hostile fire to reach an abandoned machine gun during a mission to evacuate wounded soldiers. For these actions, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company D, 21st Infantry, 24th Infantry Division.

Place and date: Mintal, Mindanao, Philippine Islands, 8-14 May 1945.

Citation: As a member of the machinegun section, he displayed extreme gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. When a Japanese sniper rose from his foxhole to throw a grenade into their midst, this valiant soldier charged and killed the enemy with a burst from his submachine gun; then, by delivering sustained fire from his personal arm and simultaneously directing the fire of 105mm. and .50 caliber weapons upon the enemy pillboxes immobilizing this and another machinegun section, he enabled them to put their guns into action. When 2 infantry companies established a bridgehead, he voluntarily assisted in evacuating the wounded under heavy fire; and then, securing an abandoned vehicle, transported casualties to the rear through mortar and artillery fire so intense as to render the vehicle inoperative and despite the fact he was suffering from a painful wound. The following day he again volunteered, this time for the hazardous job of repairing a bridge under heavy enemy fire. On 14 May 1945, when leading a patrol to evacuate casualties from his battalion, which was cut off, he ran through a virtual hail of Japanese fire to secure an abandoned machine gun. Though mortally wounded as he reached the gun, he succeeded in drawing sufficient fire upon himself so that the remaining members of the patrol could reach safety. Pfc. Diamond's indomitable spirit, constant disregard of danger, and eagerness to assist his comrades, will ever remain a symbol of selflessness and heroic sacrifice to those for whom he gave his life.

Death and Burial

Private First Class James H. Diamond was killed in action on 14 May 1945. He is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Gulfport, MS.

Honoree ID: 1368   Created by: MHOH




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