Monday, November 22, 2010

Medal of Honor Monday: Harold G. Kiner

"With 4 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, 1 of which dropped between Pvt. Kiner and 2 other men.  With no hesitation, Private Kiner hurled himself upon the grenade, smothering the explosion.  By his gallant action and voluntary sacrifice of his own life, he saved his 2 comrades from serious injury or death." 

From Pvt. Kiner's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on June 23, 1945.

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