Thanks to all of you, I was recently informed that this feature has become one of the most popular regular features in Guns & Patriots! It’s gratifying not only to be able to bring you the feature every week, but to know you all care as much as you do about America’s heroes. So here’s to you – the reader. As long as you keep reading ‘em, we’ll keep bring ‘em to you!
This month, I’d like to feature recipients from our participation in the Korean War, one of the more forgotten wars in American history, and we’ll kick it off with a fellow from Hawiaii who only recently finally received the award – 60 years after the action took place.
Make the most of your day!
Private First Class Anthony T. Kaho’ohanohano
Anthony T. Kaho’ohanohano
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company H, 2d Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.
Place and date: Near Chup’a-ri, Korea, 1 Sept. 1950.
Entered service at: Wailuku, Maui, Hi..
Born: 1930, Maui, Hi..
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Private First Class Anthony T. Kaho’ohanohano, Company H, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy in the vicinity of Chupa-ri, Korea, on 1 September 1950. On that date, Private First Class Kaho’ohanohano was in charge of a machine-gun squad supporting the defensive positioning of Company F when a numerically superior enemy force launched a fierce attack. Because of the enemy’s overwhelming numbers, friendly troops were forced to execute a limited withdrawal. As the men fell back, Private First Class Kaho’ohanohano ordered his squad to take up more defensible positions and provide covering fire for the withdrawing friendly force. Although having been wounded in the shoulder during the initial enemy assault, Private First Class Kaho’ohanohano gathered a supply of grenades and ammunition and returned to his original position to face the enemy alone. As the hostile troops concentrated their strength against his emplacement in an effort to overrun it, Private First Class Kaho’ohanohano fought fiercely and courageously, delivering deadly accurate fire into the ranks of the onrushing enemy. When his ammunition was depleted, he engaged the enemy in
hand-to-hand combat until he was killed. Private First Class Kaho’ohanohano’s heroic stand so inspired his comrades that they launched a counterattack that completely repulsed the enemy. Upon reaching Private First Class Kaho’ohanohano’s emplacement, friendly troops discovered 11 enemy soldiers lying dead in front of the emplacement and two inside it, killed in hand-to-hand combat. Private First Class Kaho’ohanohano’s extraordinary heroism and selfless devotion to duty are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 7th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Patch of the 7th Infantry Division