Kissinger, Henry, Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Military Intelligence
Last Primary MOS
267-Translator
Last MOS Group
Military Intelligence (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1946-1947, AAF 659, European Command Intelligence School
Previously Held MOS
745-Rifleman
631-Intelligence NCO
AAF 659-Instructor (Designated Subject)
Service Years
1943 - 1946
Foreign Language(s)
German

Sergeant


One Service Stripe



Four Overseas Service Bars


 Official Badges 

Department of the Army Military Intelligence Infantry Shoulder Cord Honorably Discharged WW II US Army Counterintelligence Special Agent Badge




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Kissinger underwent basic training at Camp Croft in Spartanburg, South Carolina. On June 19, 1943, while stationed in South Carolina, at the age of 20 years, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen. The army sent him to study engineering at Lafayette College, Pennsylvania, but the program was cancelled, and Kissinger was reassigned to the 84th Infantry Division. There, he made the acquaintance of Fritz Kraemer, a fellow immigrant from Germany who noted Kissinger's fluency in German and his intellect, and arranged for him to be assigned to the military intelligence section of the division. Kissinger saw combat with the division, and volunteered for hazardous intelligence duties during the Battle of the Bulge.

During the American advance into Germany, Kissinger, only a private, was put in charge of the administration of the city of Krefeld, owing to a lack of German speakers on the division's intelligence staff. Within eight days he had established a civilian administration. Kissinger was then reassigned to the Counter Intelligence Corps, with the rank of sergeant. He was given charge of a team in Hanover assigned to tracking down Gestapo officers and other saboteurs, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star. In June 1945, Kissinger was made commandant of the Bensheim metro CIC detachment, Bergstrasse district of Hesse, with responsibility for de-Nazification of the district. Although he possessed absolute authority and powers of arrest, Kissinger took care to avoid abuses against the local population by his command.

In 1946, Kissinger was reassigned to teach at the European Command Intelligence School at Camp King, continuing to serve in this role as a civilian employee following his separation from the army.
   
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The Nobel Peace Prize - 1973

The 1973 prize went to North Vietnamese leader Le Duc Tho and United States Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger "for the 1973 Paris Peace Accords intended to bring about a cease-fire in the Vietnam War and a withdrawal of the American forces". Tho later declined the prize, on grounds that the Paris Peace Accords were not being adhered to in full. North Vietnam invaded South Vietnam in April 1975 and reunified the country whilst Lu Duc Tho was still in government. Kissinger's history included the secret 1969–1975 bombing campaign against Khmer Rouge and North Vietnamese Army troops in Cambodia, the alleged U.S. complicity in Operation Condor—a mid-1970s campaign of kidnapping and murder coordinated among the intelligence and security services of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay—as well as the death of French nationals under the Chilean junta. He also supported the Turkish Intervention in Cyprus resulting in the de facto partition of the island. According to Irwin Abrams, this prize was the most controversial to date. Two Norwegian Nobel Committee members resigned in protest. When the award was announced, hostilities were continuing. The selection of Lu Duc Tho was also controversial.
   
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WWII - European Theater of Operations/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
From Month/Year
March / 1945
To Month/Year
May / 1945

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(Central Europe Campaign 22 March to 11 May 1945) Following the Battle of the Bulge the Allies had pushed through to the Rhine. On 22 March 1945 they began their assault across the river, and by I April the Ruhr was encircled. Armored columns raced across Germany and into Austria and Czechoslovakia. On 25 April, the day American and Russian forces met on the Elbe, strategic bombing operations came to an end. Germany surrendered on 7 May 1945 and operations officially came to an end the following day, although sporadic actions continued on the European front until 11 May.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
March / 1945
To Month/Year
May / 1945
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

A Battery, 559th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion

HHC, 899th Tank Battalion

1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment

630th Military Police Company

3rd Military Police Company

3rd Infantry Division

230th Military Police Company

504th Military Police Battalion

218th Military Police Company

401st Military Police Company

11th Military Police Battalion (CID)

92nd Military Police Company

972nd Military Police Company

759th Military Police Battalion

142nd Military Police Company, 94th Military Police Battalion

94th Military Police Company

4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment

518th Military Police Battalion

A Battery, 26th Field Artillery

508th Military Police Battalion

 
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  740 Also There at This Battle:
  • Allison, William H., Sgt, (1944-1946)
  • Allworth, Edward A., 2LT, (1941-1945)
  • Angileri, Joseph, T/Sgt, (1942-1946)
  • Ashworth, Howard Hugh, S/Sgt, (1942-1945)
  • Badger, Edward Rhoades, 1LT, (1942-1946)
  • Bandi, John Henry, CPT, (1943-1946)
  • Bangsboll, Leif, LTC, (1943-1963)
  • Barrett, William Clarence, CPT, (1941-1947)
  • Beck, Carl, M/Sgt, (1942-1963)
  • Belan, Elmer, T/5, (1943-1948)
  • Berkowitz, Leo, 1st Sgt, (1942-1946)
  • Black, Eric, 1LT, (1941-1945)
  • Blalock, Dennis Ferrell, COL, (1941-1970)
  • Bolio, Robert, Cpl, (1943-1945)
  • Bolling, Alexander Russell, MG, (1939-1973)
  • Brasfield, Casper Lafayette, Sgt, (1942-1945)
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