Amato, Harry Nicholas, Cpl

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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Primary MOS
521-Other duty (PFC/Private)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 0311, A Co, 1st Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (1/26)
Service Years
1942 - 1945

Corporal

 
 

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
New York City
Last Address
New York City

Casualty Date
Mar 16, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Japan
Conflict
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section M Site 1333

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World War II FallenWW II Memorial National Registry
  2014, World War II Fallen
  2015, WW II Memorial National Registry


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 Unit Assignments
HQ Co, 26th Marine Regiment1st Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (1/26)
  1944-1945, HQ Co, 26th Marine Regiment
  1944-1945, 0311, A Co, 1st Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (1/26)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Felled by enemy machine gun fire on 16 March, as he led a smashing drive against a heavily-fortified Japanese installation. On he Vocano Islands.
   
Comments/Citation

Silver Star
Awarded for actions during the World War II
 

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Harry Nicholas Amato (MCSN: 474384), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Group Leader in Company A, First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, from 21 February to 16 March 1945. Sustaining painful leg wounds under the enemy's intense mortar and artillery barrages on the night of 21 February, Corporal Amato steadfastly refused evacuation and dauntlessly led his group in a series of hand-to-hand struggles with the Japanese. Evacuated on the following day, he returned to the battle front within the week to fight relentlessly against obstinate hostile resistance until wounded for the second time while leading a determined assault. An indomitable fighter, he was back in the thick of battle two days later and continued to wage a bitter offensive despite the desperate odds. Felled by enemy machine gun fire on 16 March, as he led a smashing drive against a heavily-fortified Japanese installation, Corporal Amato, by his inspiring leadership and sustained aggressiveness throughout critical stages of the action, had contributed materially to the effectiveness of his company's operations against this vital outpost of the Japanese Empire, and his outstanding valor in the face of great personal danger upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: February 21 - March 16, 1945

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Corporal

Company: Company A

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 26th Marines

Division: 5th Marine Division
   
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