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 Truman Carol Kimbro

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Truman Carol Kimbro

  • Birth 27 May 1919 Madisonville, Madison County, Texas, USA
  • Death 19 Dec 1944 Liège, Belgium
  • Burial Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium
  • Plot Plot F Row 6 Grave 28
  • Memorial ID 11221154

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Truman Kimbro was working as a farm hand in Texas when he enlisted in the United States Army on December 2, 1941. He was sent with his company to Belgium, where in 1944 he was killed while performing his assigned mission under heavy enemy fire. Five months later he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions. The citation reads: "On 19 December 1944, as scout, he led a squad assigned to the mission of mining a vital crossroads near Rocherath, Belgium. At the first attempt to reach the objective, he discovered it was occupied by an enemy tank and at least 20 infantrymen. Driven back by withering fire, Technician 4th Grade Kimbro made 2 more attempts to lead his squad to the crossroads but all approaches were covered by intense enemy fire. Although warned by our own infantrymen of the great danger involved, he left his squad in a protected place and, laden with mines, crawled alone toward the crossroads. When nearing his objective he was severely wounded, but he continued to drag himself forward and laid his mines across the road. As he tried to crawl from the objective his body was riddled with rifle and machine gun fire. The mines laid by his act of indomitable courage delayed the advance of enemy armor and prevented the rear of our withdrawing columns from being attacked by the enemy". In further recognition of his valor, a US Army ship, the USAT Sgt Truman Kimbro, was named in his honor.

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  • Added: 22 Jun 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11221154
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Truman Carol Kimbro (27 May 1919–19 Dec 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11221154, citing Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial, Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium ; Maintained by Find A Grave .