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During the Korean War, U.S. troops had to defend positions against an enormous number of invading forces. Defending one of these positions, Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura earned his Medal of Honor. Willing to give his own life, Hershey held off an incredible enemy force with his machine gun and his bayonet. His actions allowed wounded soldiers to escape the combat. Hershey survived that night and was captured by the communist forces. He was a POW until the end of the Korean War.
This episode of MEDAL OF HONOR discusses U.S. fears about its Japanese citizens during World War II, and how Hershey served his country in the Korean War. The reenactment in this episode is a more violent than others but is incredibly well-produced. At the time of the episode release, Hershey is still alive and living in Texas, so it’s fascinating to listen to his interviews. This episode highlights Hershey’s self-sacrifice in the face of an overwhelming enemy. It also contains some discussions of Christian faith and God’s guidance. The episode is unsuitable for very young viewers, due to violence.
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