It was a special moment Sunday night for a 442nd Regimental Combat Team veteran who was instrumental in one of the most notable battles in World War II.
Adm. Harry Harris presented the French Legion of Honor to retired Staff Sgt. Masa Nakamura for his role in the “Battle of the Lost Battalion,” an incredibly intense and dangerous mission to rescue another U.S. Army regiment trapped behind enemy Nazi lines.
"The rescue of the Lost Battalion in the Vosges Mountains of France is considered one of the greatest land battles of World War II," Harris said. "For those who survived this epic battle, like Masa, I know it's still painful to discuss. But this is vital history – history that must be remembered and recognized."
Nakamura, who already has three Purple Hearts for his combat wounds, was actually awarded the French Legion of Honor last month.
The presentation happened at a private viewing of the new film “Go For Broke” at the Hawaii Theater.