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Kiner, Harold G.

Date of birth:
April 14th, 1924 (Aline/Oklahoma, United States)
Date of death:
October 2nd, 1944 (Palenberg/Rhine Province, Germany)
Buried on:
American War Grave Aline-Star Cemetery
Plot: A. Row: 94. Grave: 6.
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Private
Unit:
Company F, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division "Old Hickory"
Awarded on:
June 23rd, 1945
"With 4 other men, he was leading in a frontal assault 2 October 1944, on a Siegfried Line pillbox near Palenberg, Germany. Machinegun fire from the strongly defended enemy position 25 yards away pinned down the attackers. The Germans threw hand grenades, 1 of which dropped between Pvt. Kiner and 2 other men. With no hesitation, Private Kiner hurled himself upon the grenade, smothering the explosion. By his gallant action and voluntary sacrifice of his own life, he saved his 2 comrades from serious injury or death."
Awarded posthumously.
Medal of Honor - Army (MoH)

Sources

  • Photo 1: Findagrave.com
  • - Jordan, Kenneth N., Yesterday’s Heroes – 433 men of World War II awarded the Medal of Honor 1941-1945, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., USA, 1996
    - Hewitt, R.L., Workhorse of the Western Front – The Story of the 30th Infantry Division, The Battery Press, Nashville, USA, 1980

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