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Victor L. Kandle
Birth: Jun. 13, 1921
Pierce County
Washington, USA
Death: Dec. 31, 1944
La Forge
Departement des Vosges
Lorraine, France

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a 1st Lieutenant in the 15th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near La Forge, France, on October 9, 1944. His citation reads For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Kandle, while leading a reconnaissance patrol into enemy territory, engaged in a duel at pointblank range with a German field officer and killed him. Having already taken 5 enemy prisoners that morning, he led a skeleton platoon of 16 men, reinforced with a light machinegun squad, through fog and over precipitous mountain terrain to fall on the rear of a German quarry stronghold which had checked the advance of an infantry battalion for 2 days. Rushing forward, several yards ahead of his assault elements, 1st Lt. Kandle fought his way into the heart of the enemy strongpoint, and, by his boldness and audacity, forced the Germans to surrender. Harassed by machinegun fire from a position which he had bypassed in the dense fog, he moved to within 15 yards of the enemy, killed a German machinegunner with accurate rifle fire and led his men in the destruction of another machinegun crew and its rifle security elements. Finally, he led his small force against a fortified house held by 2 German officers and 30 enlisted men. After establishing a base of fire, he rushed forward alone through an open clearing in full view of the enemy, smashed through a barricaded door, and forced all 32 Germans to surrender. His intrepidity and bold leadership resulted in the capture or killing of 3 enemy officers and 54 enlisted men, the destruction of 3 enemy strongpoints, and the seizure of enemy positions which had halted a battalion attack". Later killed in action, his Medal was posthumously awarded to him on May 11, 1945. 
Family links: 
  Dorothy N. Kandle (1922 - 1985)
  Victor L. Kandle (1921 - 1944)
  Lawrence Kandle (1947 - 1999)*
  James Kandle (1949 - 2005)*
*Calculated relationship
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement des Vosges
Lorraine, France
Plot: Plot B, Row 14, Grave 55
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Record added: Aug 03, 2010
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