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 Victor L. Kandle

Victor L. Kandle

Birth
Roy, Pierce County, Washington, USA
Death 31 Dec 1944 (aged 23)
La Forge, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot Plot B, Row 14, Grave 55
Memorial ID 55823365 · View Source
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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.


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 55823365
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Victor L. Kandle (13 Jun 1921–31 Dec 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55823365, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .