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Sadao Munemori
Sadao Munemori
In this Japanese name, the family name is Munemori.

Sadao Munemori (born August 17, 1922-April 5, 1945) was a United States Army soldier. He received the Medal of Honor because of his actions in World War II.

Early life

Munemori was born in Los Angeles, California to Japanese immigrant parents. He is a Nisei, which means that he is a second generation Japanese-American.

During World War II, Munemori's parents and siblings were interned at the Manzanar concentration camp.


Two months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he joined the US Army.

Munemori 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 April 1945, he was the only Japanese American to be awarded the Medal of Honor during or immediately after World War II.


Sadao Munemori is the namesake of a part of the California highway system, a ship, a building and an American Legion post.

  • Sadao S. Munemori Memorial Interchange between I-105 and I-405 highways in Los Angeles
  • USNS Private Sadao S. Munemori (T-AP-190), a troop ship
  • Sadao S. Munemori Hall at the US Army Reserve Center in West Los Angeles
  • Sadao Munemori American Legion Post 321 in Los Angeles

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