The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*NININGER, ALEXANDER R., JR.
Rank and Organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army,
57th Infantry, Philippine Scouts. Place and Date Near Abucay, Bataan, Philippine
Islands, 12 January 1942. Entered Service at: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Birth:
Gainesville, Ga. G.O. No.: 9, 5 February 1942.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with
the enemy near Abucay, Bataan, Philippine Islands, on 12 January 1942. This officer,
though assigned to another company not then engaged in combat, voluntarily attached
himself to Company K, same regiment, while that unit was being attacked by enemy force
superior in firepower. Enemy snipers in trees and foxholes had stopped a counterattack to
regain part of position. In hand-to-hand fighting which followed, 2d Lt. Nininger
repeatedly forced his way to and into the hostile position. Though exposed to heavy enemy
fire, he continued to attack with rifle and handgrenades and succeeded in destroying
several enemy groups in foxholes and enemy snipers. Although wounded 3 times, he continued
his attacks until he was killed after pushing alone far within the enemy position. When
his body was found after recapture of the position, 1 enemy officer and 2 enemy soldiers
lay dead around him.