A new Nextflix series uncovers the lives of Medal of Honor recipients. One of those episodes highlights New Mexico’s own military hero, Hiroshi Miyamura, portraying his story in a way many have yet to hear.
Shining light on the trials and tribulations of a war hero, Gallup native Hiroshi ‘Hershey’ Miyamura is featured in the new Nextflix original documentary, “Medal of Honor.”
“I was a squad leader, I had approximately 16 men under my command,” Miyamura told KRQE News 13 in an interview in 2014.
“Cause of our friendship I knew he would try to take care of me,” Joe Annello, Miyamura’s close friend, said in the documentary.
From the moments he thought he lost his best friend, to the grueling brutality Miyamura faced as a prisoner of war in Korea.
“I was told by one of the Chinese guards to lay Joe down, which I reluctantly did because I didn’t figure I’d ever see him again,” Miyamura told KRQE News 13 in an interview in 2012. “I was told to just go on ahead, so I really didn’t know what happened to Joe till many years after the war.”
The fourth episode of the series takes you through his life, including his return home after years of being overseas.
“My wife did not know I was alive for over a year,” he said in a 2014 interview. “Because the enemy never released any names of the prisoners they had under their command.”
It goes on to show his unexpected moments like when he was invited to the White House where he was presented the Medal of Honor.
“They kept it a secret because they were afraid of retaliation against me, if they should know what I did,” he said in 2014.
The machine gun squad leader says he feels it’s his responsibility to carry on the history.
“I think the younger generations should learn more about the history of America, and about the young men and women that sacrificed their lives,” he said in 2014.
The documentary even talks about how Gallup High School was later named after him. The episode is now available on Netflix.