JAPANESE AMERICAN VETERANS ASSOCIATION
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May 16, 2011
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PRESIDENT OBAMA AWARDS MEDAL OF HONOR POSTHUMOUSLY TO PFC ANTHONY KAHO’OHANOHANO
Japanese American Veterans Association
On September 1, 1951, in the vicinity of Chupa-ri, Korea, US Army Private First Class (PFC) Kaho’ohanohano’s machine gun position was fiercely attacked by a numerically superior enemy force. Kaho’ohanohano ordered his squad to take up a more defensible position, gathered a supply of grenades and ammunition and delivered deadly accurate fire into the ranks of the onrushing enemy. When his ammo was depleted, he engaged the enemy in hand to hand combat, killing 13 of them, until he was killed. His heroic stand inspired his comrades to launch a counter-attack that repulsed the enemy.
Senator Akaka first heard about Kaho’ohanohano’s heroic actions ten years ago when George Kaho’ohanohano, his nephew, started fighting for his uncle to receive the Medal of Honor. PFC Kaho'ohanohano originally received the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions, but on October 28, 2009, the Medal was upgraded to the Medal of Honor by President Obama. “Since 2001, I pursued it with the Army Secretary Pete Geren. There is a law and code that says that any of these recommendations should be made within three years of the conflict and it was not until really 50 years later that it was pursued,” says Akaka.
Akaka went on to say, “The determination of the family really moved me, because today it is 60 years after he was killed.” “Anthony was a determined type of person, he went to school on Maui, and was a star football player, star basketball player and was a very determined person and he was one that protected his younger brothers and fought for them. So I can see what he did in Korea was the way he felt and the way he lived to protect others and that is exactly what he did when he gave his life in Korea. That was his manner and that was his type, he was a fighter,” Akaka concluded.
Attending the White House ceremony were Senator Daniel Inouye, Senator Daniel Akaka, Secretary of Defense Gates, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen.