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First Name: Allan

Last Name: Ohata

Birthplace: Honolulu, HI, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Schofield Barracks, HI
Middle Name: Masaharu

Date of Birth: 13 September 1918

Date of Death: 17 October 1977

Rank: Captain

Years Served:
Allan Masaharu Ohata

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Allan Masaharu Ohata

Captain, U.S. Army

Medal of Honor Recipient

World War II

Captain Allan Masaharu Ohata (13 September 1918 - 17 October 1977) was a U.S. Army officer who was posthumously awarded the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions with the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Cerasuolo, Italy, during World War II.

For his heroism during the battle, he was initially awarded the Army's second-highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross. A 1990 review of service records for Asian Americans who received the Distinguished Service Cross during World War II led to Ohata's award being upgraded to the Medal of Honor. In a ceremony at the White House on 21 June 2000, his surviving family was presented with his Medal of Honor by President Bill Clinton. Twenty-one other Asian Americans also received the medal during the ceremony; all but seven of them posthumously.

Allan Masaharu Ohata was born on 13 September 1918 in Honolulu, HI.

Medal of Honor

Citation: Sergeant Allan M. Ohata distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 29 and 30 November 1943, near Cerasuolo, Italy. Sergeant Ohata, his squad leader, and three men were ordered to protect his platoon's left flank against an attacking enemy force of 40 men, armed with machine guns, machine pistols, and rifles. He posted one of his men, an automatic rifleman, on the extreme left, 15 yards from his own position. Taking his position, Sergeant Ohata delivered effective fire against the advancing enemy. The man to his left called for assistance when his automatic rifle was shot and damaged. With utter disregard for his personal safety, Sergeant Ohata left his position and advanced 15 yards through heavy machine gun fire. Reaching his comrade's position, he immediately fired upon the enemy, killing 10 enemy soldiers and successfully covering his comrade's withdrawal to replace his damaged weapon. Sergeant Ohata and the automatic rifleman held their position and killed 37 enemy soldiers. Both men then charged the three remaining soldiers and captured them. Later, Sergeant Ohata and the automatic rifleman stopped another attacking force of 14, killing four and wounding three while the others fled. The following day he and the automatic rifleman held their flank with grim determination and staved off all attacks. Staff Sergeant Ohata's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.

Death and Burial

Captain Allan Masaharu Ohata died on 17 October 1977. He is buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, HI, in Section III, Site 474.

Honoree ID: 1574   Created by: MHOH




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