Barney Hajiro oral history interview, part 2 of 2, January 17, 2010


Dublin Core


Barney Hajiro recalls the locals of Bruyeres and Biffontaine were friendly and nice. However, they were confused to see Japanese Americans in an American Army uniform. Barney was in M Company then transferred to I Company. The guys in I Company were good soldiers. He recalls Mutt Sakamoto.

Barney was wounded in a firefight and stayed in the hospital to recuperate. He said he was lucky that the bullet hit him in the arm rather than in the chest. Barney returned to the United States and stayed in a Michigan hospital to recover from his injuries. Post-war, Barney received the Medal of Honor. He recalls his army friend that was killed in action.

He flew to Washington DC, and President Clinton presented him the Medal of Honor. The recognition represents honor to the country. The Medal of Honor belongs to I Company, not just him. They all fought together.



Oral History Item Type Metadata


Date of Birth

1916 Sep 16

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service


Hajiro, Barney: narrator, Wasserman, Steven: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Barney Hajiro oral history interview, part 2 of 2, January 17, 2010,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed July 22, 2024,