b. 26/02/1920 Honolulu, Hawaii. d. 02/06/1944 near La Torreto, Italy.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 02/06/1944 near La Torreto, Italy.
Nakamine was born in Hawaii to Okinawan immigrant parents. He was a Nisei, which means that he is a second generation Japanese-American.
One month before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Nakamine joined the US Army in November 1941. Nakamine volunteered to be part of the all-Nisei 100th Infantry Battalion. This army unit was mostly made up of Japanese Americans from Hawaii and the mainland. For his actions in June 1944, Nakamine was awarded the Army’s second-highest decoration, the Distinguished Service Cross. He and 21 other Asian American Veterans were recognized by President Clinton at a White House Ceremony on June 21, 2000 with an upgrade to the Medal of Honor.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Private Shinyei Nakamine distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 2 June 1944, near La Torreto, Italy. During an attack, Private Nakamine’s platoon became pinned down by intense machine gun crossfire from a small knoll 200 yards to the front. On his own initiative, Private Nakamine crawled toward one of the hostile weapons. Reaching a point 25 yards from the enemy, he charged the machine gun nest, firing his submachine gun, and killing three enemy soldiers and capturing two. Later that afternoon, Private Nakamine discovered an enemy soldier on the right flank of his platoon’s position. Crawling 25 yards fron his position, Private Nakamine opened fire and killed the soldier. Then, seeing a machine gun nest to his front approximately 75 yards away, he returned to his platoon and led an automatic rifle team toward the enemy. Under covering fire from his team, Private Nakamine crawled to a point 25 yards from the nest and threw hand grenades at the enemy soldiers, wounding one and capturing four. Spotting another machine gun nest 100 yards to his right flank, he led the automatic rifle team toward the hostile position but was killed by a burst of machine gun fire. Private Nakamine’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.
BURIAL LOCATION: NATIONAL MEMORIAL CEMETERY OF THE PACIFIC, HONOLULU, HAWAII.
SECTION D, GRAVE 402.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: FAMILY.