Rank and organization:   Private, U.S. Army, Company F, 117th Infantry,
30th Infantry Division.
Place and date:   Near Palenberg, Germany, 2 October
Entered service at:   Enid, Okla.
Birth:   Aline, Okla.
G.O. No.: 48,
23 June 1945. With 4 other men, he was leading in a frontal assault 2 October
1944, on a Siegfried Line pillbox near Palenberg, Germany. Machinegun fire
from the strongly defended enemy position 25 yards away pinned down the
attackers. The Germans threw hand grenades, 1 of which dropped between
Pvt. Kiner and 2 other men. With no hesitation, Private Kiner hurled himself
upon the grenade, smothering the explosion. By his gallant action and voluntary
sacrifice of his own life, he saved his 2 comrades from serious injury
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)