George T. Sakato

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.  Private George T. Sakato distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 29 October 1944, on hill 617 in the vicinity of Biffontaine, France. 

After his platoon had virtually destroyed two enemy defense lines, during which he personally killed five enemy soldiers and captured four, his unit was pinned down by heavy enemy fire.  Disregarding this fire, Private Sakato made a one-man rush that encouraged his platoon to charge and destroy the enemy strongpoint.  He proved to be the inspiration of his squad in halting a counterattack on the left flank during the reorganization of his platoon.  It was at this time that his squad leader was killed. 

Taking charge of the squad, he continued his relentless tactics.  Private Sakato used an enemy rifle and P-38 pistol to stop an organized enemy attack.  During this entire action, he killed 12 and wounded two, personally captured four and assisted his platoon in taking 34 prisoners.  By continuously ignoring the enemy fire and by his gallant courage and fighting spirit, he turned impending defeat into victory and helped his platoon complete its mission.  Private Sakato’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.