John R. McKinney

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John R. McKinney
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McKinney (left) with President Harry S. Truman (center) and other Medal of Honor recipients at the medal presentation ceremony.
Born (1921-02-26)February 26, 1921
Woodcliff, Georgia
Died April 4, 1997(1997-04-04) (aged 76)
Sylvania, Georgia
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit Company A, 123d Infantry, 33d Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Medal of Honor

John R. McKinney was a United States soldier who received the Medal of Honor in World War II during the campaign to recapture the Philippines from Japanese forces in 1945. Against superior numbers which was over 100 Japanese soldiers, McKinney was single-handedly able to secure a crucial battlefield area before reinforcements arrived. He was presented the Medal in a White House ceremony by President Harry S. Truman on January 23, 1946.

McKinney enlisted in the United States Army from Screven County, Georgia in November 1942.[1] He served as a Sergeant in the United States Army.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

McKinney, John R.
Rank and organization: Sergeant (then Private), U.S. Army, Company A, 123d Infantry, 33d Infantry Division
Place and date: Tayabas Province, Luzon, Philippine Islands, May 11, 1945
Entered service at:Woodcliff, Georgia


McKinney died on Apr. 4, 1997, and is interred at Doubleheads Baptist Church in Sylvania, Georgia.[2]


The State of Georgia renamed a highway The John R. McKinney Medal of Honor Highway in his honor.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ WWII Army Enlistment Records
  2. ^ "John R. McKinney". Find Grave. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ "HR 501 - John R. McKinney Medal of Honor Highway; designate". Georgia House of Representatives. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

Forrest Bryant Johnson. 2007. Phantom Warrior: The Heroic True Story of Pvt. John McKinney's One-Man Stand Against the Japanese in World War II. Berkley, New York. ISBN 978-0-425-21566-1 plus Author Interview at the Pritzker Military Library on January 17, 2008

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