Tahara, Cooper T., PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 745, HHC, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry
Service Years
1941 - 1944
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Private First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Nov 05, 1944
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
Location of Interment
Sacramento Memorial Lawn Cemetery - Sacramento, California
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Not Specified

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World War II Fallen
  1945, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry
  1943-1944, 745, HHC, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Southern France Campaign (1944)/Operation Dragoon
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Last Known Activity

Pior to the service, PFC Tahara had been trained to be a diesel mechanic. He and his family were in the Rohwer Relocation Center (Internment Camp), near Camp Shelby, in Arkansas. PFC Tahara enlisted on 20 October 1941. He received his basic training at Camp Roberts, San Luis Obispo. He was also stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas and Fort George Meade, Maryland.

He went overseas in September 1944 as a first replacement with I Company, 3rd Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, in Italy. Shortly thereafter his unit went over to France and fought in the Battle of Bruyeres," the Lost Battalion Rescue", and in the Vosges Mountains-St. Die Campaigns. (See details below).

PFC Cooper Tahara was killed in action by enemy fire near La Houssiere, France on November 5, 1944.

He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantryman's Badge.

Though originally interred at the American Military Cemetery in Epinal, France his body was transferred to the Sacramento Memorial Lawn in Sacramento, California.

Bronze Star Citation 

For heroic achievement in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States in France. On 5 November 1944, during an advance near La Houssiere, France, Private First Class Tahara's company was pinned down by enemy machine gun fire from two concealed emplacements. With deadly automatic rifle fire, he dispersed one crew and forced the other to abandon its position. When the enemy launched a fierce counter-attack the following morning, he vigorously defended an exposed flank of his company and stood his ground to cover withdrawing comrades until wounded mortally by hostile fire. Private Tahara's aggressiveness, his unselfish actions and supreme devotion to duty, live on as an inspiration to the men with whom he fought."
G.O. # 318, 3rd Army, 9 November 45

He participated in the Rome-Arno Campaign: January 25, 1944 to September 1944 Rhineland Campaign-Vosges: October 10, 1944 to November 1944

http://www.rogere442.net/KIA's/ALL_KIAS/Tahara%20Cooper%20T.pdf (photo)
http://www.the442.org/ http://www.goforbroke.org/history/history_historical_campaigns.asp (details)

A description of the combat conditions in which PFC Tahara was killed follows:
at  http://www.ajawarvets.org/campaigns/campaign_08_vosges_mtn.cfm.

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