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North Judson in Starke County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Frank H. Ono Memorial

Frank H. Ono Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 22, 2004
1. Frank H. Ono Memorial Marker
Inscription. Frank H. Ono PFC US Army WWII-442nd Infantry Regiment Combat Team. Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic action against the enemy on hill 140 in Italy, July 4, 1944-Distinguished Service Cross-Purple Heart.
Location. 41° 12.912′ N, 86° 46.566′ W. Marker is in North Judson, Indiana, in Starke County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and W. Talmer Ave (Indiana Route 39) on Main Street. Touch for map. This marker is at the flag pole in Veterans Memorial Park. Frank H. Ono is buried in Highland Cemetery, Section 7, Lot 47. The GPS coordinates are N41.2125 W86.7578. Marker is in this post office area: North Judson IN 46366, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Starke County Honor Rolls (approx. 9.8 miles away); Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (approx. 9.8 miles away); Indiana's Fire Towers (approx. 11.7 miles away); La Salle in Indiana (approx. 13.2 miles away); Pulaski County Honor Roll Memorial (approx. 14 miles away); U.S. Civil War Honor Roll (approx. 14 miles away); The Teacher (approx. 14 miles away); Pulaski County (approx. 14 miles away).
Regarding Frank H. Ono Memorial. Frank H Ono Medal of Honor information and citation
Frank H. Ono Drive-sign near Veterans Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 22, 2004
2. Frank H. Ono Drive-sign near Veterans Park
is: *ONO, FRANK H.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, 442d Regimental Combat Team
Place and date: July 4, 1944, Castellina, Italy
Citation: Private First Class Frank H. Ono distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 4 July 1944, near Castellina, Italy. In attacking a heavily defended hill, Private First Class Ono's squad was caught in a hail of formidable fire from the well-entrenched enemy. Private First Class Ono opened fire with his automatic rifle and silenced one machine gun 300 hundred yards to the right front. Advancing through incessant fire, he killed a sniper with another burst of fire, and while his squad leader reorganized the rest of the platoon in the rear, he alone defended the critical position. His weapon was then wrenched from his grasp by a burst of enemy machine pistol fire as enemy troops attempted to close in on him. Hurling hand grenades, Private First Class Ono forced the enemy to abandon the attempt, resolutely defending the newly won ground until the rest of the platoon moved forward. Taking a wounded comrade's rifle, Private First Class Ono again joined in the assault. After killing two more enemy soldiers, he boldly ran through withering automatic, small arms, and mortar fire to render first aid to his platoon leader and a seriously wounded rifleman. In danger of being encircled, the platoon was ordered to withdraw. Volunteering to cover the platoon, Private First Class Ono occupied virtually unprotected positions near the crest of the hill, engaging an enemy machine gun emplaced on an adjoining ridge and exchanging fire with snipers armed with machine pistols. Completely disregarding his own safety, he made himself the constant target of concentrated enemy fire until the platoon reached the comparative safety of a draw. He then descended the hill in stages, firing his rifle, until he rejoined the platoon. Private First Class Ono's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.
Categories. War, World II
Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 3, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 67 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 3, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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