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CMOHS.org - Second Lieutenant KYLE, DARWIN K., U.S. Army

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KYLE, DARWIN K.

Rank: Second Lieutenant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company K
Division: 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division
Born: 1 June 1918, Jenkins, Ky.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Racine, W. Va.
G.O. Number: 17
Date of Issue: 02/01/1952
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Kamil-ni, Korea, 16 February 1951
 
 


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Citation

2d Lt. Kyle, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. When his platoon had been pinned down by intense fire, he completely exposed himself to move among and encourage his men to continue the advance against enemy forces strongly entrenched on Hill 185. Inspired by his courageous leadership, the platoon resumed the advance but was again pinned down when an enemy machine gun opened fire, wounding 6 of the men. 2d Lt. Kyle immediately charged the hostile emplacement alone, engaged the crew in hand-to-hand combat, killing all 3. Continuing on toward the objective, his platoon suddenly received an intense automatic-weapons fire from a well-concealed hostile position on its right flank. Again leading his men in a daring bayonet charge against this position, firing his carbine and throwing grenades, 2d Lt. Kyle personally destroyed 4 of the enemy before he was killed by a burst from an enemy submachinegun. The extraordinary heroism and outstanding leadership of 2d Lt. Kyle, and his gallant self-sacrifice, reflect the highest credit upon himself and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the military service.