asher63 (asher63) wrote,

A Day of Infamy: George Sakato has left us.

He had brio. He was funny — he got in trouble for jokes he cracked at his superiors' expense — and he had volunteered for service during one of the bloodiest periods of World War ll. But he was too puny even to carry his own gear. When they marched uphill, buddies carried his pack for him. Even so "I'm always the last one up that hill," he said.

Six decades later, Sakato still appeared bewildered that his combat days ended as they did, with his belated receipt of the Medal of Honor for his actions in France in 1944. He received it, for, of all things, climbing a hill. ...

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