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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Staff Sgt. Allan Ohata
« on: December 01, 2020, 05:55:55 AM »
 Medal of Honor Monday: Army Staff Sgt. Allan Ohata
Nov. 30, 2020 | BY Katie Lange , DOD News
 

During World War II, Japanese-American service members weren't welcomed with open arms on their home turf thanks to the stigma that came with the Pearl Harbor attacks in Hawaii. But Army Staff Sgt. Allan Ohata was one of many Japanese-Americans — known as Nisei — to push ahead anyway to fight with bravery and distinction.

More than 55 years after he took out dozens of enemy soldiers in Italy, he was finally awarded the Medal of Honor.

Ohata was born Sept 13, 1918, in Honolulu to parents who emigrated from Japan. The family owned a small flower garden business where Ohata and his seven siblings occasionally helped. After high school, he worked with his brother, Donald, in a surplus parts store.

Ohata joined the Army in November 1941 — a month before the attacks on his home island of Oahu that thrust the U.S. into World War II.

https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Features/Story/Article/2425475/medal-of-honor-monday-army-staff-sgt-allan-ohata/
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