Harry Lispenard Kimmell – Major, United States Army

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Harry Lispenard Kimmell: b. 10-13-1895 in Washington, D.C.


KIMMELL, HARRY L.
(First Award)

  • Captain, U.S. Army
  • 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
  • Date of Action: July 19, 1918
  • General Orders No. No. 3, W.D., 1921
  • Home Town: Washington, DC
  • Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross w/OLC (WWI)

Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry L. Kimmell, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action south of Soissons, France, July 19, 1918.

When his company was halted by machine-gun fire from the front, Captain Kimmell led a platoon through heavy machine-gun fire and captured the enemy position, forcing its defenders to surrender. His gallantry enabled the entire battalion to continue the advance.


KIMMELL, HARRY L.
(Second Award)

  • Captain, U.S. Army
  • 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
  • General Orders No. No. 3, W.D., 1921
  • Home Town: Washington, DC
  • Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI)
  • Date of Action: October 9, 1918

Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry L. Kimmell, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action north of Fleville, France, October 9, 1918.

Captain Kimmell personally led two platoons of his company against a strongly held enemy position. He fell mortally wounded while leading this advance, but other members of his command, inspired by his gallantry, successfully assaulted the enemy position.

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