The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*KILMER, JOHN E.
Rank and organization: Hospital Corpsman,
U.S. Navy, attached to duty as a medical corpsman with a Marine rifle company in the 1st
Marine Division. Place and date: Korea, 13 August 1952. Entered service at:
Houston, Tex. Born: 15 August 1930, Highland Park, Ill.
Citation:For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and
beyond the call of duty in action against enemy aggressor forces. With his company engaged
in defending a vitally important hill position well forward of the main line of resistance
during an assault by large concentrations of hostile troops, HC Kilmer repeatedly braved
intense enemy mortar, artillery, and sniper fire to move from 1 position to another,
administering aid to the wounded and expediting their evacuation. Painfully wounded
himself when struck by mortar fragments while moving to the aid of a casualty, he
persisted in his efforts and inched his way to the side of the stricken marine through a
hail of enemy shells falling around him. Undaunted by the devastating hostile fire, he
skillfully administered first aid to his comrade and, as another mounting barrage of enemy
fire shattered the immediate area, unhesitatingly shielded the wounded man with his body.
Mortally wounded by flying shrapnel while carrying out this heroic action, HC Kilmer, by
his great personal valor and gallant spirit of self-sacrifice in saving the life of a
comrade, served to inspire all who observed him. His unyielding devotion to duty in the
face of heavy odds reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest
traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for another.