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 Elbert Luther Kinser

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Elbert Luther Kinser

Birth
Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
Death 4 May 1945 (aged 22)
Okinawa, Japan
Burial Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 7658454 View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. On May 4, 1945, Okinawa, Sergeant Kinser, was acting leader of a rifle platoon, serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. While moving up a strategic ridge holding newly won positions, Sergeant Kinser engaged the enemy in a fierce hand grenade battle. Quick to act when a Japanese grenade landed in the immediate vicinity, Sergeant Kinser threw himself on the deadly missile, absorbing the full charge of the explosion in his own body and thereby protecting his men from serious injury and possible death. On Independence Day, 1946, at Greeneville, Tennessee, a grateful nation paid tribute to a gallant Marine, posthumously awarding the Medal of Honor.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 6 Jul 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7658454
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7658454/elbert-luther-kinser : accessed ), memorial page for Elbert Luther Kinser (21 Oct 1922–4 May 1945), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7658454, citing Solomon Lutheran Church Cemetery, Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .