Hawaiian War Hero Private First Class Kahoohanohano Honored Posthumously

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Members of Hawaiis Congressional Delegation were among those in attendance at the Medal of Honor Ceremony for a Hawaii man who died in the Korean War.

President Barack Obama presentedthe nations highest military honor posthumously to Maui-born U.S. Army Private First Class Anthony for his heroic actions during the War.

It was a privilege to attend todays ceremony at the White House with 30 members of the Kahoohanohano family, said Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii). The President related Private Kahoohanohanos extreme bravery and heroism in battle before presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Kahoohanohanos nephew, George Kahoohanohano. It was a touching and heartfelt ceremony, reminding us of his familys sacrifice in losing this extraordinary young man, said Rep. Hirono.

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. H e then took it upon himself to gather ammunition and grenades and returned to face the oncoming enemy alone. Kahoohanohano was killed in actionduring the1951 fire-fight near the village of Chupa-ri while single-handedly fighting off the enemy soldiers.

His actions inspired his squad to fight on and eventually turn back the enemy.

*** Supporting information courtesy Office of Congresswoman Mazie Hirono.

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