“Our Residents” is a program to recognize and celebrate the experiences, accomplishments and lives of our residents. From being on the forefront of historical events to unique talents to their most unusual travels and adventures, our residents have many exciting stories to share.
Emeritus at Cape Cod
Mr. Kiyoshi Ota is a World War II veteran and decorated hero. He has been a resident at Emeritus at Cape Cod since 2009. On March 16, 2014, he was honored with a Congressional Gold Medal at the community. This latest honor is in addition to a Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation and Purple Heart which he earned while serving as a sergeant in the US Army’s 442d Regimental Company L unit. The 442d Regimental Combat Team, an all-Japanese-American unit, became one of the most decorated units in US military history.
Of Japanese descent, Ota, 91, is among more than 1,500 Japanese Americans who on October 5, 2010, were honored by President Barrack Obama as he signed S.1055, a bill to grant the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442d Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service, in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II. Ota had suffered a stroke prior to the bill signing and was unaware he was a recipient. His friend and fellow veteran, Mr. Worsman, was instrumental in completing the documentation for Ota to receive his medal.
The Congressional Gold Medal is one of the highest civilian awards in the U.S. It is awarded to persons who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized as a major achievement in the recipient's field long after the achievement.
Congratulations and thank you for your service, Mr. Ota.