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PFC William Earl Kail
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Birth: Aug. 18, 1922
Death: Mar. 15, 1945

WW2 Navy Cross Recipient

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class William E. Kail (MCSN: 940038), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism as a Wireman, serving with the Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 15 March 1945. After successfully completing his assigned task of laying telephone lines to a Company Command Post, Private First Class Kail, seeing a Marine flame thrower struck down by relentless Japanese machine-gun fire forward of the Command Post, valiantly worked his way over gutted earth under treacherous hostile sniper fire to aid the stranded man. While at his comrade's side, Private First Class Kail was suddenly pinned down by bursting machine-gun fire from a nearby enemy-held mound and, although painfully wounded and repeatedly knocked to the ground by the murderous barrage, unflinchingly rose and met the opposition with grenades and gunfire. After emptying his own carbine into the mound, he resolutely continued firing with the wounded Marine's rifle until he himself was mortally wounded. His inspiring actions, complete selflessness and unfailing devotion to duty enhanced the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific Forces: Serial 34985 (September 27, 1945)

Action Date: March 15, 1945

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private First Class

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 26th Marines

Division: 5th Marine Division

Home State
Indiana


 
 
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 Parents:
  Austin E. Kail (1898 - 1962)
  Dorothy M. Clemmer Kail (1904 - 1988)
 
 Sibling:
  William Earl Kail (1922 - 1945)
  Walter M. Kail (1925 - 1986)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery
Auburn
De Kalb County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Block 11
 
Created by: Jeff Hall
Record added: Jul 13, 2013
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PFC William Earl Kail
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