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Remembrance: Hiroshi Miyamura Korean War Hero

Army Corporal Hiroshi (“Hershey”) Miyamura entered active duty in 1944 as one of the Nisei soldiers in World War II.  The Nisei were Japanese-Americans who established an incredible reputation for their patriotism and courage in service of the United States.  While Corporal Miyamura did not see combat in World War II due to his late entry, he reenlisted and became one of the most renowned front-line combat veterans of the Korean War.  In April 1951, Corporal Miyamura and his squad of less than a dozen machine gunners and five riflemen had been in the field almost seven months, driving to retake Seoul.  They were ordered to take defensive positions on a hill near the Imjin River. His squad was overwhelmed by a Chinese force in a terrible onslaught such that no one expected them to last long.  Corporal Miyamura manned his machine gun as the enemy force began to decimate his squad.  At one point, he left his shelter to attack with his bayonet, incredibly overtaking 10 or more of the enemy.  He returned to cover to help other wounded soldiers and direct their evacuation.  When his squad was almost gone, he ordered the remaining soldiers to withdraw while he covered them.  He now held the hill as a single machine gunner, overcoming over 50 enemy soldiers.  Wounded, he was ultimately captured and became a North Korean prisoner of war for twenty-eight months.  When Corporal Miyamura was ultimately freed in August 1953, he was greeted by an Army general who announced to him that he was to receive the Medal of Honor.  To read a full account of Corporal Miyamura’s heroism, see www.homeofheroes.com/profiles/profiles-miyamura.html.   

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