Congresswoman Hirono Attends Medal of Honor Ceremony Commemorating Private First Class Anthony Kahoohanohano

MAZIE K. HIRONO  2ND DISTRICT, HAWAI`I

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May 2, 2011

Congresswoman Hirono Attends Medal of Honor Ceremony Commemorating Private First Class Anthony Kahoohanohano

Washington, D.C.—Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today attended a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House where President Barack Obama presented our nation’s highest military honor posthumously to Maui-born U.S. Army Private First Class Anthony Kahoohanohano for his heroic actions during the Korean War.

Private Kahoohanohano was killed in action in 1951 near the village of Chupa-ri while single-handedly fighting off enemy soldiers.

“It was a privilege to attend today’s ceremony at the White House with 30 members of the Kahoohanohano family,” said Hirono. “The President related Private Kahoohanohano’s extreme bravery and heroism in battle before presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Kahoohanohano’s nephew, George Kahoohanohano.  It was a touching and heartfelt ceremony, reminding us of his family’s sacrifice in losing this extraordinary young man.”

At the age of 21, Private Kahoohanohano took command of a battle situation that looked bleak for his regiment as they came under fire from a large number of enemy troops.  Serving as squad leader, he ordered the others to fall back to a better defensive location.  He then took it upon himself to gather ammunition and grenades and returned to face the oncoming enemy alone.  His actions inspired his squad to fight on and eventually turn back the enemy.

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