Rank and organization:   First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 15th Infantry, 3d
Place and date:   Near La Forge, France, 9 October 1944.
Entered service at:   Redwood City, Calif.
Birth:   Roy, Wash.
G.O. No.: 37,
11 May 1945.
Citation:   For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk
of his life above and beyond the call of duty. On 9 October 1944, at about
noon, near La Forge, France, 1st Lt. Kandle, while leading a reconnaissance
patrol into enemy territory, engaged in a duel at pointblank range with
a German field officer and killed him. Having already taken 5 enemy prisoners
that morning, he led a skeleton platoon of 16 men, reinforced with a light
machinegun squad, through fog and over precipitous mountain terrain to
fall on the rear of a German quarry stronghold which had checked the advance
of an infantry battalion for 2 days. Rushing forward, several yards ahead
of his assault elements, 1st Lt. Kandle fought his way into the heart of
the enemy strongpoint, and, by his boldness and audacity, forced the Germans
to surrender. Harassed by machinegun fire from a position which he had
bypassed in the dense fog, he moved to within 15 yards of the enemy, killed
a German machinegunner with accurate rifle fire and led his men in the
destruction of another machinegun crew and its rifle security elements.
Finally, he led his small force against a fortified house held by 2 German
officers and 30 enlisted men. After establishing a base of fire, he rushed
forward alone through an open clearing in full view of the enemy, smashed
through a barricaded door, and forced all 32 Germans to surrender. His
intrepidity and bold leadership resulted in the capture or killing of 3
enemy officers and 54 enlisted men, the destruction of 3 enemy strongpoints,
and the seizure of enemy positions which had halted a battalion attack.
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)