What I’m thinking about this week…

No great insights or tales to share this time, just something I’ve been thinking about this week.

While others chose to remember the passing of Jack LaLane (whom I do admire), or worry about the Oscars, this week I will remember something else.

On the 21st of January, Medal of Honor recipient Barney F. Hajiro passed away. 

Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company I, 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Place and date: Bruyeres and Biffontain, France, 19, 22 & 29 October, 1944. Born:  16 September 1916, Punene, Maui, Hawaii. Entered service at: Honolulu, Hawaii. 
Private Barney F. Hajiro distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 19, 22, and 29 October 1944, in the vicinity of Bruyeres and Biffontaine, eastern France. Private Hajiro, while acting as a sentry on top of an embankment on 19 October 1944, in the vicinity of Bruyeres, France, rendered assistance to allied troops attacking a house 200 yards away by exposing himself to enemy fire and directing fire at an enemy strong point. He assisted the unit on his right by firing his automatic rifle and killing or wounding two enemy snipers. On 22 October 1944, he and one comrade took up an outpost security position about 50 yards to the right front of their platoon, concealed themselves, and ambushed an 18-man, heavily armed, enemy patrol, killing two, wounding one, and taking the remainder as prisoners. On 29 October 1944, in a wooded area in the vicinity of Biffontaine, France, Private Hajiro initiated an attack up the slope of a hill referred to as “Suicide Hill” by running forward approximately 100 yards under fire. He then advanced ahead of his comrades about 10 yards, drawing fire and spotting camouflaged machine gun nests. He fearlessly met fire with fire and single-handedly destroyed two machine gun nests and killed two enemy snipers. As a result of Private Hajiro’s heroic actions, the attack was successful. Private Hajiro’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit, and the United States Army.

As some of you may already know, I am a fan of the 442nd for various reasons. To learn more about the fine Americans of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team go here.

In the Camp of the Praetorians, we prefer to recognize milestones such as this.

Semper Fi Private Hajiro. Fair winds and following seas.

America’s 1stSgt

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  1. Ah, very good. I like the 442nd as well, remember stories about them when I was a kid. Nothing ever specific because the Nisei never did talk about achievement –mainly they just set to work rebuilding their lives so the Sansei could be more successful, but mostly that they were heroic.

    God speed.

  2. Fantastic post, 1st Sgt! Thank you for reminding us of the 442d. I have the privilege of having a gentleman who served in this regiment befriend my sister and myself and share his autobiography, “Blue Skies and Thunder,” with us. My sister helped him get squared away with copyright laws (she’s an attorney) and for some reason he just took a shine to me, too

  3. Thank you 1st Sgt. I read about this over on sgtgrit.com last week. {Another great Marine aiding and abeting Marines doing both types of service..active and inactive duty.}
    I lit my candles and said my prayers then.
    I will go have a look a the site you suggested on the 442 as a fan of history I always look for interesting and unusual books and sites to read. Thank you for the suggestion.

    Miss Em

  4. I have had the honor and privilege of caring for a few of these men in their final time on this earth. Our little community is an agricultural one and many came here or had family here before the war. Ken Burns had one of my patients interviewed in his documentary. Thank you for reminding us again of these brave men and just how humble and heroic they were as their families were in camps here while they were fighting abroad. Now their spouses are passing and I can care for them. I consider myself blessed in the nursing profession for this privilege.

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