U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Toshio Kuroda of Aiea, Hawaii was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on October 20, 1944 while serving with the all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an army unit mostly made up of Japanese Americans from Hawaii and the mainland.
On this day in 1944, near Bruyères, France, Staff Sergeant Kuroda single-handedly attacked two enemy machine gun emplacements before being killed by a sniper. He was 21 years old.
His Medal of Honor citation reads: "Staff Sergeant Robert T. Kuroda distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action, on 20 October 1944, near Bruyeres, France. Leading his men in an advance to destroy snipers and machine gun nests, Staff Sergeant Kuroda encountered heavy fire from enemy soldiers occupying a heavily wooded slope. Unable to pinpoint the hostile machine gun, he boldly made his way through heavy fire to the crest of the ridge. Once he located the machine gun, Staff Sergeant Kuroda advanced to a point within ten yards of the nest and killed three enemy gunners with grenades. He then fired clip after clip of rifle ammunition, killing or wounding at least three of the enemy. As he expended the last of his ammunition, he observed that an American officer had been struck by a burst of fire from a hostile machine gun located on an adjacent hill. Rushing to the officer's assistance, he found that the officer had been killed. Picking up the officer's submachine gun, Staff Sergeant Kuroda advanced through continuous fire toward a second machine gun emplacement and destroyed the position. As he turned to fire upon additional enemy soldiers, he was killed by a sniper. Staff Sergeant Kuroda's courageous actions and indomitable fighting spirit ensured the destruction of enemy resistance in the sector. Staff Sergeant Kuroda'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." #WWII #WW2 #NeverForget #GreatestGeneration #MedalofHonor #OTD #OnThisDay