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 Harry R Harr

Harry R Harr

Birth
Pinecroft, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 5 Jun 1945 (aged 24)
Philippines
Burial Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section C, Lot 190
Memorial ID 7244543 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the United States Army during World War II as a Corporal in Company D, 124th Infantry, 31st Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Maglamin, Mindanao, Philippine Islands, on June 5, 1945. His citation reads “He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity. In a fierce counterattack, the Japanese closed in on his machinegun emplacement, hurling hand grenades, 1 of which exploded under the gun, putting it out of action and wounding 2 of the crew. While the remaining gunners were desperately attempting to repair their weapon another grenade landed squarely in the emplacement. Quickly realizing he could not safely throw the unexploded missile from the crowded position, Cpl. Harr unhesitatingly covered it with his body to smother the blast. His supremely courageous act, which cost him his life, saved 4 of his comrades and enabled them to continue their mission”. He was 24 years old. His Medal was posthumously awarded to his family on March 28, 1946.

Bio by: Don Morfe


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  • Originally Created by: Don Morfe
  • Added: 8 Mar 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7244543
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Harry R Harr (22 Feb 1921–5 Jun 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7244543, citing Alto Reste Burial Park, Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .