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World War II - U.S. Army

Alexander Ramsey Nininger Jr.

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Philippine Scouts, Company A, 1st Battalion, 57th Infantry,
    U.S. Army
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: January 12, 1942
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Abucay, Bataan, Luzon, Philippine Islands

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy near Abucay, Bataan, Philippine Islands on 12 January 1942. This officer, though assigned to another company not then engaged in combat, voluntarily attached himself to Company K, same regiment, while that unit was being attacked by enemy forces superior in firepower. Enemy snipers in trees and foxholes had stopped a counterattack to regain part of the position. In the hand-to-hand fighting which followed, 2d Lt. Nininger repeatedly forced his way to and into the hostile position. Though exposed to heavy enemy fire, he continued to attack with rifle and hand grenades and succeeded in destroying several enemy groups in foxholes, and enemy snipers. Although wounded three times, he continued his attacks until he was killed after pushing alone far within the enemy position. When his body was found after recapture of the position, one enemy officer and two enemy soldiers lay dead around him.

Medal of Honor Recipient Alexander R. Nininger Jr.
Medal of Honor Recipient Alexander R. Nininger Jr.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: February 10, 1942

    Third Air Force Headquarters, Tampa, Florida, presented by Maj. Gen. Walter H. Frank

  • Born: October 20, 1918, Gainesville, Hall County, GA, United States
  • Died: January 12, 1942, Philippine Islands
  • Buried: Abucay Church Cemetery (9), Manila, Philippine Islands

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