Darwin K. Kyle
Darwin K. Kyle
Medal of Honor recipient
|Born||June 1, 1921|
|Died||February 16, 1951 (aged 29)|
near Kamil-ni, Korea
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1939 - 1951|
|Unit||Company K, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Korean War †
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Darwin Keith Kyle (June 1, 1921 – 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 Hungnam evacuation. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions on February 16, 1951.
Medal of Honor citation
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 gun opened 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.
- WWII Army Enlistment Records
- ""DARWIN K. KYLE" entry". Medal of Honor recipients: Korean War. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2007-12-31.
- "Camp Kyle nearly empty as last U.S. forces depart". Retrieved December 15, 2006.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.