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World War II - U.S. Army

Truman Kimbro

  • Rank: Technician Fourth Grade
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company C, 2d Engineer Combat Battalion,
    2d Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: December 19, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Rocherath, Belgium
On 19 December 1944, as scout, he led a squad assigned to the mission of mining a vital crossroads near Rocherath, Belgium. At the first attempt to reach the objective, he discovered it was occupied by an enemy tank and at least 20 infantrymen. Driven back by the withering fire, Technician Fourth Grade Kimbro made two more attempts to lead his squad to the crossroads, but all approaches were covered by intense enemy fire. Although warned by our own infantrymen of the great danger involved, he left his squad in a protected place and, laden with mines, crawled alone toward the crossroads. When nearing his objective he was severely wounded, but he continued to drag himself forward and laid his mines across the road. As he tried to crawl from the objective his body was riddled with rifle and machine-gun fire. The mines laid by his act of indomitable courage delayed the advance of enemy armor and prevented the rear of our withdrawing columns from being attacked by the enemy.
Medal of Honor Recipient Truman Kimbro
Medal of Honor Recipient Truman Kimbro
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Houston, Harris County, Texas
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: May 27, 1919, Madisonville, Madison County, TX, United States
  • Died: December 19, 1944, Belgium
  • Buried: A.B.M.C. Henri-Chapelle Cemetery (MH) (F-6-28) , Henri-Chapelle, Belgium

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