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CMOHS.org - Private KINER, HAROLD G., U.S. Army

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KINER, HAROLD G.

Rank: Private
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company F
Division: 117th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division
Born: Aline, Okla.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Enid, Okla.
G.O. Number: 48
Date of Issue: 06/23/1945
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Palenberg, Germany, 2 October 1944
 
 


KINER, HAROLD G. Photo
 
Citation

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.