Monday, February 11, 2013

Medal of Honor Monday: Elbert L. Kinser

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while acting as Leader of a Rifle Platoon, serving with Company I, Third Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division, in action against Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima in the Ryūkyū Chain, May 4, 1945.  Taken under sudden, close attack by hostile troops entrenched on the reverse slope while moving up a strategic ridge along which his platoon was holding newly won positions, Sergeant Kinser engaged the enemy in a fierce hand grenade battle.  Quick to act when a Japanese grenade landed in the immediate vicinity, Sergeant Kinser unhesitatingly threw himself on the deadly missile, absorbing the full charge of the shattering explosion in his own body and thereby protecting his men from serious injury and possible death.  Stouthearted and indomitable, he had yielded his own chance of survival that his comrades might live to carry on the relentless battle against a fanatic enemy.  His courage, cool decision and valiant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of certain death sustained and enhanced the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.  He gallantly gave his life for his country."
From Sgt. Kinser's Medal of Honor citation, awarded July 4, 1946.
May you be at peace,
Brian & Mel
Camp Kinser in Okinawa, Japan.
Kinser Elementary School in Okinawa, Japan.

Kinser Park in Greeneville, Tennessee.
Kinser Bridge in the city of Tusculum over the Nolichucky River.
Tennessee State Route 107 is named in his honor.

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