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2nd Lt. Darwin Kyle was a veteran of combat in World War II, when he was awarded both a Silver Star and Bronze Star for his heroic actions in France and Germany during the Rhineland and Cenral European Campaigns.
At the beginning of the Korean War, he held the rank of Master Sergeant. He received a battlefield commission and the Soldier's Medal during the evacuation of Marines from Hungnam (1950), and subsequently awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor
Second Lieutenant Kyle was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.
Medal of Honor Citation:
The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to *KYLE, DARWIN K. Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company K, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Kamil-ni, Korea, 16 February 1951. Entered service at: Racine, W. Va. Born: 1 June 1918, Jenkins, Ky. G.O. No.: 17, 1 February 1952.
Citation: 2d Lt. Kyle, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. When his platoon had been pinned down by intense fire, he completely exposed himself to move among and encourage his men to continue the advance against enemy forces strongly entrenched on Hill 185. Inspired by his courageous leadership, the platoon resumed the advance but was again pinned down when an enemy machinegun opened fire, wounding 6 of the men. 2d Lt. Kyle immediately charged the hostile emplacement alone, engaged the crew in hand-to-hand combat, killing all 3. Continuing on toward the objective, his platoon suddenly received an intense automatic-weapons fire from a well-concealed hostile position on its right flank. Again leading his men in a daring bayonet charge against this position, firing his carbine and throwing grenades, 2d Lt. Kyle personally destroyed 4 of the enemy before he was killed by a burst from an enemy submachinegun. The extraordinary heroism and outstanding leadership of 2d Lt. Kyle, and his gallant self-sacrifice, reflect the highest credit upon himself and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the military service.
Lt. Kyle was interred in Sunset Memorial Cemetery, South Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia, Plot: Section H, Lot 898