Darwin K. Kyle

Darwin K. Kyle

Darwin K. Kyle

Medal of Honor recipient, Second Lieutenant Darwin K. 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 machinegun opened fire, wounding six of the men. Lieutenant Kyle immediately charged the hostile emplacement alone, engaged the crew in hand-to-hand combat, killing all three.  Continuing on toward the objective, his platoon suddenly received intense automatic-weapon's fire from a well-concealed hostile position on its right flank. Again, leading his men in a daring bayonet charge firing his carbine and throwing grenades, Lieutenant Kyle personally destroyed four of the enemy before he was killed by a burst from an enemy submachingun. The extraordinary heroism and outstanding leadership of Lieutenant Kyle, and his gallant self-sacrifice, reflect the highest credit upon himself and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the military service.

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  • Rank

    Second Lieutenant

  • Graduated From

    Fort Benning, Georgia

  • Highest Award

    Medal of Honor

  • Year Inducted

    2000

  • Branch Of Service

    Infantry

  • HF ID #

    HF_02028

  • MH ID#

    MH_00025