Kenner, Harold D., PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 3rd Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1943 - 1944

Private First Class



One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1924
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
West Scranton
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Sep 30, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Netherlands
Conflict
WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 60 Site 9737

 Official Badges 

Netherlands Orange Lanyard 82nd Airbone Division


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Airborne Glider Badge
Rifle

 
 Unit Assignments
325th Glider Infantry Regiment (GIR)
  1944-1944, 3rd Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden1
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
PFC Harold D. Kenner enlisted on 11 March 1943 at Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

He served with the U.S. Army, G Company, 3rd Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, He made glider landing in Holland as part of "Operation Market Garden".

He was lost on 30 September 1944, in Kiekberg Woods, Breedeweg, Netherlands, approximately 7 miles south of Nijmegen. It was here that his remains were found many years later.

His name had been listed on the Wall of the Missing at the American War Cemetery Margraten, Netherlands, until his remains were finally identified on 29 November 2010,. He was interred in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia on 29 July 2011.

Note: 3rd Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division is listed on his grave marker in Arlington.
 
 
   
Comments/Citation

Background:

The largest airborne operation in the war up to that point, Operation Market Garden was the Allies' attempt to seize a succession of bridges over the main rivers of the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, allowing them to outflank the Siegfried Line and advance into Northern Germany. Ultimately, the mission failed, and ended the Allies' hopes of ending the war by the end of 1944.


 

Market Garden had a huge airborne component, and employed the use of gliders to place troops, supplies and even jeeps on the ground in coordinated drop zones in enemy-controlled territory. Members of the 325th and 401st Glider Infantry regiments, including Pfc. Kenner's G Company, dropped into an area around Grave and the Waal River in Nijmegen on Sept. 23, 1944, according to a report put together by the Army that was given to the Kenner family.

 

"They landed right in the middle of the German army. In his case, they parachuted in the gliders," Richard Kenner said. "They knew they were going behind enemy lines, and they knew the odds weren't good. The sacrifices these guys made were unreal."

 

Over the next week, Pfc. Kenner and his fellow soldiers were repeatedly attacked by the Germans. The wet, dense woods made it difficult for the men to navigate, and the weather resulted in rusted, jammed guns.

 

On the morning of Sept. 30, the woods were lit up with a relentless barrage of artillery fire on both sides. Company commanders were ordered to move onward and continue the attack, despite the fact that their wounded were left in German positions. Heavily armed, the enemy held positions on both flanks.

 

As the day wore on, G Company's communication lines broke down amid the chaos, leaving soldiers separated from their platoons and scattered throughout the dense woods. When the day finally ended, G Company had sustained heavy casualties, while five men were MIA, including Pfc. Kenner.

   
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