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posted 12/9/2017 7:02:26 PM  Reply w/Quote
I am researching Harry M. Oichi, a sargeant with B Company, 66th Armored Infantry Regiment, 12 Armored Division. I am interested in the circumstances around his receiving the Bronze Star with V. I have his service records but I do not have the actual citation for the award.

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Scott B.

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posted 12/9/2017 7:07:15 PM  Reply w/Quote
Correction. Last name Ouchi. He was Japanese American, and a scout with the company B, 66th Armored Infantry Battalion.

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I have been unable to find Oichi or Ouchi in the
17,000 man roster or in old Hellcat News or in the
scrapbooks or in the Museum photo collection. I guess he may have been a replacement and did not train with the division. His citation for the Bronze star with the V (for valor) would be on a General Order.
I have seen General Orders for the 12th Armored Division in the files in the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.

Can you verify the spelling of the name? Where did you learn of Mr. Oichi (Ouchi)? Was there an obituary?

Mike

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posted 12/9/2017 9:29:30 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Harry M Ouchi of New Jersey may be the man.


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I agree with Mike on the New Jersey man. He enlisted in 1942. Father from Japan and mother from N.J. buried in 2010 and has no picture of grave marker. If in combat as infantryman he would get bronze star. Sometime with many casualties they are put on same order.

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posted 12/13/2017 8:52:26 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Because of the V for valor device on the Bronze
Star, I would expect that this Bronze Star citation
will be in a General Order, most probably in 1945,
although there is a slight chance it would be in
late 1944.
I would go to the National Archives in College
Park, Md. and search there. You probably will
need 2 days. It takes a while to get started.



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since he enlisted in 1942, I would think he got in the early fighting. Possibly got wounded and transferred out of the 66th.
Since he has his papers perhaps he could send a copy. dhali44@cs.com Harry

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Hello, To the person who posted the original message: We need to know whether you are
talking about the 66th Armored Regiment (2nd Armored Division) or the 66th Armored Infantry Battalion (12th Armored Division).

Please send me or Harry an email with any relevant documents attached.

Yours truly, Mike W.