Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient to Visit Prairie
This week we will be celebrating Veterans Day with activities on both Wed. Nov 9th and Thurs. Nov 10th. On Wednesday, Private George T. Sakato, a Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient and Congressman Ed Perlmutter from the 7th congressional district will be at Prairie talking with our students at 10:30 a.m. Private Sakato is recognized for his act of heroism, which took place on October 29, 1944 during WWII. Please read more about Private Sakato on our WEB site. Congressman Perlmutter is the representative for much of our Overland/Prairie Community and is a strong advocate for education.
On Thursday, we will have various military personnel and veteran guests available to talk with our students about why they have chosen to serve our country. We will also have a variety of military vehicles in our parking lot during our lunches for our students to see. Finally, we would also like to extend an invitation to our veterans to attend either of these amazing events.
The following link provides additional information about Private Sakato.
Private George T. Sakato distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 29 October 1944, on hill 617 in the vicinity of Biffontaine, France. After his platoon had virtually destroyed two enemy defense lines, during which he personally killed five enemy soldiers and captured four, his unit was pinned down by heavy enemy fire. Disregarding the enemy fire, Private Sakato made a one-man rush that encouraged his platoon to charge and destroy the enemy strongpoint. While his platoon was reorganizing, he proved to be the inspiration of his squad in halting a counter-attack on the left flank during which his squad leader was killed. Taking charge of the squad, he continued his relentless tactics, using an enemy rifle and P-38 pistol to stop an organized enemy attack. During this entire action, he killed 12 and wounded two, personally captured four and assisted his platoon in taking 34 prisoners. By continuously ignoring enemy fire, and by his gallant courage and fighting spirit, he turned impending defeat into victory and helped his platoon complete its mission. Private Sakato'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.