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World War II - U.S. Army

Harry R Harr

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company D, 124th Infantry,
    31st Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: June 5, 1945
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Maglamin, Mindanao, Philippine Islands
He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity. In a fierce counterattack, the Japanese closed in on his machine-gun emplacement, hurling grenades, one of which exploded under the gun, putting it out of action and wounding two 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 four of his comrades and enabled them to continue their mission.
Medal of Honor Recipient Harry R. Harr
Medal of Honor Recipient Harry R. Harr
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: East Freedom, Blair County, Pennsylvania
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: February 22, 1921, Pine Croft, Blair County, PA, United States
  • Died: June 5, 1945, Near Maglamin, Philippine Islands
  • Buried: Alto-Reste Park Cemetery (MH) (C-190-4), Altoona, PA, United States

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