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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

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b. 22/02/1921 Pinecroft, Pennsylvania.  d. 05/06/1945 Maglamin, Philippines.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 05/06/1945 Maglamin, Philippines.

 

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the United States Army during World War II as a Corporal in Company D, 124th Infantry, 31st Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Maglamin, Mindanao, Philippine Islands, on June 5, 1945. His Medal was posthumously awarded to his family on March 28, 1946.

 

MOH 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.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: ALTON RESTE MEMORIAL PARK, ALTOONA, PENNSYLVANIA.

Section C, Lot 190

Harry R Harr

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