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Kilmer, John E.

Kilmer, John E.

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Hospitalman, USN, (in service, 1952)

Hospitalman John E. Kilmer served as a medical corpsman with the U.S. Marines in 1952, during the Korean War. On 13 August 1952, while in combat with a 1st Marine Division rifle company, he exhibited great heroism in administering aid to wounded Marines and was ultimately mortally wounded while using his own body to shield an injured man from enemy fire. For his "gallantry and intrepidity" at that time, Hospitalman Kilmer was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.


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