Kinnard, Harry, LTG

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Lieutenant General
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, TRADOC Combat Developments
Service Years
1939 - 1969
Lieutenant General

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Date of Passing
Jan 05, 2009
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 Official Badges 

Netherlands Orange Lanyard

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of Saint Maurice

 Military Association Memberships
1st Cavalry Division AssociationArmy Aviation Association of America (AAAA)101st Airborne Division Association
  1969, 1st Cavalry Division Association [Verified]
  1969, Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1969, 101st Airborne Division Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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NEW YORK — Retired Lt. Gen. Harry W.O. Kinnard, a paratroop officer who suggested the famously defiant answer "Nuts!" to a German demand for surrender during the 1944 Battle of the Bulge, has died. He was 93.

Mr. Kinnard, a career soldier who in later years was the principal architect of the Army's concept of using helicopters in infantry warfare in Vietnam, died in Arlington, Va., on Jan. 5, his family told The New York Times.

A native of Dallas, Mr. Kinnard graduated from West Point in 1939 and spent 30 years in uniform, retiring in 1969.

He parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, with the newly organized 101st Airborne Division and was decorated for heroism during its drive against German forces in the Netherlands.

When Hitler launched a surprise counteroffensive in December, the 101st, then in France, was rushed into action and seized key road junctions at the Belgian town of Bastogne, where the Americans were quickly surrounded by the enemy.

On Dec. 22, Mr. Kinnard, then a 29-year-old lieutenant colonel and the division's operations officer, was present when four German couriers arrived at the American lines under a flag of truce with a written demand to surrender in two hours or face annihilation.

Brig. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe, the 101st's artillery chief and acting division commander in the absence of Maj. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor, laughed and remarked, "Us surrender? Aw, nuts," and then wondered aloud how he should reply.

As recalled later by himself and other witnesses, Kinnard suggested that McAuliffe tell the Germans "what you just said ... nuts."

McAuliffe scribbled: "To the German commander: Nuts! The American commander."

On the way back to the defense line, a U.S. officer explained to the puzzled Germans that "nuts" meant the same thing as "go to hell."

In the 1960s, Kinnard, a trained aviator, was a key developer of the Army's helicopter "air assault" concept at Fort Benning, Ga.

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Aviator Badge (Master)
Master Parachutist (2 Combat Jumps)
Netherland - Jump Wings

 Unit Assignments
501st Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)11th Air Assault Division (Test)1st Cavalry Division 1st Field Force Vietnam (I Field Force)
US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
  1944-1945, 1542, HHC, 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
  1963-1963, 1542, 11th Air Assault Division (Test)
  1965-1966, 1981, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division
  1967-1967, 1st Field Force Vietnam (I Field Force)
  1969-1969, TRADOC Combat Developments
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden
  1944-1945 Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of the Bulge
  1944-1945 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Siege of Bastogne
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)/Operation Silver Bayonet I - Battle of the Ia Drang
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1935-1939, United States Military Academy
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