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Darwin K. Kyle
Darwin K. Kyle

Darwin Keith Kyle (June 1, 1918 – February 16, 1951) a veteran soldier in the United States Army in World War II, Darwin Kyle earned both a Silver Star and Bronze Star for his heroic actions in France and Germany. A Master Sergeant at the beginning of the Korean War, “Gus” received a battlefield commission and the Soldier’s Medal during the evacuation of Marines from Hungnam. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions on February 16, 1951.
Kyle joined the Army from Racine, West Virginia in November 1939.[1]

Medal of Honor citation

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The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor


 Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company K, 7th Infantry Regiment3d Infantry Division

Place and date: Near Kamil-ni, Korea, February 16, 1951
Entered service at: Racine, W. Va. Born: June 1, 1918, Jenkins, Kentucky
G.O. No.: 17, February 1, 1952
2d Lt. Kyle, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. When his platoon had been pinned down by intense fire, he completely exposed himself to move among and encourage his men to continue the advance against enemy forces strongly entrenched on Hill 185. Inspired by his courageous leadership, the platoon resumed the advance but was again pinned down when an enemy machine gunopened fire, wounding 6 of the men. 2d Lt. Kyle immediately charged the hostile emplacement alone, engaged the crew in hand-to-hand combat, killing all 3. Continuing on toward the objective, his platoon suddenly received an intense automatic-weapons fire from a well-concealed hostile position on its right flank. Again leading his men in a daring bayonet charge against this position, firing his carbine and throwing grenades, 2d Lt. Kyle personally destroyed 4 of the enemy before he was killed by a burst from an enemy submachine gun. The extraordinary heroism and outstanding leadership of 2d Lt. Kyle, and his gallant self-sacrifice, reflect the highest credit upon himself and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the military service.[2]