*KINER, HAROLD G.
Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army,
Company F, 117th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Palenberg,
Germany, 2 October 1944. Entered service at: Enid, Okla. Birth: Aline, Okla.
G.O. No: 48, 23 June 1945.
With 4 other men, he was leading in a frontal assault 2 October 1944, on a Siegfried
Line pillbox near Palenberg, Germany. Machinegun 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.