HARR, HARRY R. - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization:   Corporal, U.S. Army, Company D, 124th Infantry, 31st Infantry Division.

Place and date:   Near Maglamin, Mindanao, Philippine Islands, 5 June 1945.

Entered service at:   East Freedom, Pa.

Birth:   Pine Croft, Pa.

G.O. No.: 28, 28 March 1946.

Citation:   He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity. In a fierce counterattack, the Japanese closed in on his machinegun emplacement, hurling hand grenades, 1 of which exploded under the gun, putting it out of action and wounding 2 of the crew. While the remaining gunners were desperately attempting to repair their weapon another grenade landed squarely in the emplacement. Quickly realizing he could not safely throw the unexploded missile from the crowded position, Cpl. Harr unhesitatingly covered it with his body to smother the blast. His supremely courageous act, which cost him his life, saved 4 of his comrades and enabled them to continue their mission.

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)