b. 14/04/1924 Aline, Oklahoma. d. 02/10/1944 Palenberg, Germany.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 02/10/1944 Palenberg, Germany.
Kiner joined the Army from Enid, Oklahoma, and by October 2, 1944 was serving as a private in Company F, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division. On that day, near Palenberg, Germany, he smothered the blast of an enemy-thrown hand grenade with his body, sacrificing himself to protect those around him. For this action, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor eight months later, on June 23, 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.
BURIAL LOCATION: ALINE-STAR CEMETERY, ALINE, OKLAHOMA.
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