Oct. 2, 1944 Ubach-Palenberg Heinsberger Landkreis Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Private in Company F, 117th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Palenberg, Germany, on October 2, 1944. His citation reads "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". His Medal was posthumously awarded to him on June 23, 1945.