Flags to fly at half-staff to honor 442nd hero

HONOLULU - In honor of the late Barney Fushimi Hajiro, Gov. Neil Abercrombie Friday ordered that all Hawaii flags at all state offices as well as the Hawaii National Guard be flown at half-staff beginning at sunrise Feb. 12 until sunset Feb 14.

Hajiro was born on Maui Sept. 16, 1916 and passed away January 21, 2011.

He was an Army private and member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

In October 1944, he ran 100 yards through a stream of bullets to lead the charge of his unit up "Suicide Hill" to take down the enemy.

This and other acts of bravery earned him the Purple Heart and the Medal of Honor.

Abercrombie issued a Proclamation in Hajiro's memory stating, "Barney Fushimi Hajiro epitomized the dedication, courage and perseverance exhibited during World War II by all Americans of Japanese ancestry … was well-regarded by his community, the people of Hawaii and our nation."

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