Rank and organization:   Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 57th Infantry,
Place and date:   Near Abucay, Bataan, Philippine Islands,
12 January 1942.
Entered service at:   Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
G.O. No.: 9, 5 February 1942.
Citation:   For conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy
near Abucay, Bataan, Philippine Islands, on 12 January 1942. This officer,
though assigned to another company not then engaged in combat, voluntarily
attached himself to Company K, same regiment, while that unit was being
attacked by enemy force superior in firepower. Enemy snipers in trees and
foxholes had stopped a counterattack to regain part of position. In hand-to-hand
fighting which followed, 2d Lt. Nininger repeatedly forced his way to and
into the hostile position. Though exposed to heavy enemy fire, he continued
to attack with rifle and handgrenades and succeeded in destroying several
enemy groups in foxholes and enemy snipers. Although wounded 3 times, he
continued his attacks until he was killed after pushing alone far within
the enemy position. When his body was found after recapture of the position,
1 enemy officer and 2 enemy soldiers lay dead around him.
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)