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CMOHS.org - Corporal HARR, HARRY R., U.S. Army

Recipient Detail

 

HARR, HARRY R.

Rank: Corporal
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company D
Division: 124th Infantry, 31st Infantry Division
Born: Pine Croft, Pa.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: East Freedom, Pa.
G.O. Number: 28
Date of Issue: 03/28/1946
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Maglamin, Mindanao, Philippine Islands, 5 June 1945
 
 


HARR, HARRY R. Photo
 
Citation

He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity. In a fierce counterattack, the Japanese closed in on his machinegun emplacement, hurling hand grenades, 1 of which exploded under the gun, putting it out of action and wounding 2 of the crew. While the remaining gunners were desperately attempting to repair their weapon another grenade landed squarely in the emplacement. Quickly realizing he could not safely throw the unexploded missile from the crowded position, Cpl. Harr unhesitatingly covered it with his body to smother the blast. His supremely courageous act, which cost him his life, saved 4 of his comrades and enabled them to continue their mission.