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PO Reinhardt John Keppler

PO Reinhardt John Keppler

Ralston, Adams County, Washington, USA
Death 15 Nov 1942 (aged 24)
Solomon Islands
Burial San Bruno, San Mateo County, California, USA
Memorial ID 22983 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient.

Served in the United Syates Navy during World War II as a Boatswain's Mate First Class on broard the cruiser "USS San Francisco". He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in the Solomon Islands, on November 12 and 13, 1942.

His citation reads "For extraordinary heroism and distinguished courage above and beyond the call of duty while serving aboard the U.S.S. San Francisco during action against enemy Japanese forces. When a hostile torpedo plane, during a daylight air raid, crashed on the after machine-gun platform, Keppler promptly assisted in removal of the dead and, by his capable supervision of the wounded, undoubtedly helped save the lives of several shipmates who otherwise might have perished. That night, when the ship's hangar was set afire during the great battle off Savo Island, he bravely led a hose into the starboard side of the stricken area and there, without assistance and despite frequent hits from terrific enemy bombardment, eventually brought the fire under control. Later, although mortally wounded, he labored valiantly in the midst of bursting shells, persistently directing fire-fighting operations and administering to wounded personnel until he finally collapsed from loss of blood. His great personal valor, maintained with utter disregard of personal safety, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country".

Reinhard married Elizabeth West on May 1942, during a leave in San Francisco. Elizabeth was born 1921.

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