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World War II - U.S. Army

Harold G Kiner

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company F, 117th Infantry,
    30th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 2, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Palenberg, Germany
With four other men, he was leading in a frontal assault 2 October 1944, on a Siegfried line pillbox near Palenberg, Germany. Machine-gun fire from the strongly defended enemy position 25 yards away pinned down the attackers. The Germans threw hand grenades, one of which dropped between Pvt. Kiner and two other men. With no hesitation, Pvt. Kiner hurled himself upon the grenade, smothering the explosion. By his gallant action and voluntary sacrifice of his own life, he saved his two comrades from serious injury or death.
Medal of Honor Recipient Harold G. Kiner
Medal of Honor Recipient Harold G. Kiner
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Enid, Garfield County, Oklahoma
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: April 14, 1924, Aline, Alfalfa County, OK, United States
  • Died: October 2, 1944, Germany
  • Buried: Aline (Eastern Star) Cemetery, Aline, OK, United States

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