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COL John Riley Kane

COL John Riley Kane

Birth
McGregor, McLennan County, Texas, USA
Death 29 May 1996 (aged 89)
Coatesville, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 7A, Grave 47, Map Grid U-23/24
Memorial ID 11166 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served during World War II in the United States Army Air Corps as a Colonel in the 9th Air Force. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery during the raid on Ploesti, Romania, on August 1, 1943. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry in action and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 1 August 1943. On this date he led the third element of heavy bombardment aircraft in a mass low-level bombing attack against the vitally important enemy target of the Ploesti oil refineries. En route to the target, which necessitated a round-trip flight of over 2,400 miles, Col. Kane's element became separated from the leading portion of the massed formation in avoiding dense and dangerous cumulous cloud conditions over mountainous terrain. Rather than turn back from such a vital mission he elected to proceed to his target. Upon arrival at the target area it was discovered that another group had apparently missed its target and had previously attacked and damaged the target assigned to Col. Kane's element. Despite the thoroughly warned defenses, the intensive antiaircraft fire, enemy fighter airplanes, extreme hazards on a low level attack of exploding delayed action bombs from the previous element, of oil fires and explosions and dense smoke over the target area, Col. Kane elected to lead his formation into the attack. By his gallant courage, brilliant leadership, and superior flying skill, he and the formation under his command successfully attacked this vast refinery so essential to our enemies' war effort. Through his conspicuous gallantry in this most hazardous action against the enemy, and by his intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, Col. Kane personally contributed vitally to the success of this daring mission and thereby rendered most distinguished service in the furtherance of the defeat of our enemies". Col. John R. Kane received his Medal of Honor in a ceremony on September 4, 1943.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for COL John Riley Kane (5 Jan 1907–29 May 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11166, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .