Hiroshi H. Miyamura

U.S. Army

Medal of Honor recipient 

Enter Hiroshi H. Miyamura, a New Mexico native and second generation Japanese who enlisted in the US Army in 1945 (despite having his wife in an interment camp). 
On the night of April 24, 1951 Company H, 3rd ID were manning a defensive position when the enemy launched a massive attack. Then Cpl. Miyamura jumped from his shelter, rushed the oncoming enemy and killed 10 enemies with his bayonet. He then returned to his position, administered first aid to the wounded and directed their evacuation. 
As another savage assault hit the line, he manned his machinegun and delivered withering fire until his ammunition was expended. He then bayoneted his way again through infiltrated enemy soldiers to a second gun emplacement and assisted in its operation. When the intensity of the attack necessitated the withdrawal of the company Cpl. Miyamura ordered his men to fall back while he remained to cover their movement. He killed more than 50 of the enemy before his ammunition was depleted and he was severely wounded. He maintained his stand despite his painful wounds, continuing to repel the attack until his position was overrun. When last seen, he was fighting ferociously against an overwhelming number of enemy soldiers. 
Cpl. Miyamura survived the onslaught and was immediately captured by enemy, spending 28 months as a POW; surviving horrible conditions and enduring a 300 mile forced march. 
On Aug 20, 1953, Miyamura was released and awarded the MOH. He was the first recipient to be classified Top Secret. 
"If the Reds knew what I had done to a good number of their soldiers just before I was taken prisoner, they might have taken revenge on me and may not have come back." 



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