The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*TIMMERMAN, GRANT FREDERICK
Rank and Organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Born:
14 February 1919, Americus, Kans. Accredited To: Kansas. Other Navy Award:
Bronze Star Medal.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty as tank commander serving with the 2d Battalion, 6th Marines, 2d Marine
Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, on 8
July 1944. Advancing with his tank a few yards ahead of the infantry in support of a
vigorous attack on hostile positions, Sgt. Timmerman maintained steady fire from his
antiaircraft sky mount machinegun until progress was impeded by a series of enemy trenches
and pillboxes. Observing a target of opportunity, he immediately ordered the tank stopped
and, mindful of the danger from the muzzle blast as he prepared to open fire with the
75mm., fearlessly stood up in the exposed turret and ordered the infantry to hit the deck.
Quick to act as a grenade, hurled by the Japanese, was about to drop into the open turret
hatch, Sgt. Timmerman unhesitatingly blocked the opening with his body holding the grenade
against his chest and taking the brunt of the explosion. His exception valor and loyalty
in saving his men at the cost of his own life reflect the highest credit upon Sgt.
Timmerman and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his