Kimball R. Richmond


Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 6 June 1944
  • G.O. No.: HQ, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (1944)

Citation: Captain Kimball R. Richmond, O1286184, 16th Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy on 6 June 1944, in France. When the crafts on which his company was moving in, on the initial assault upon the coast of France, were sunk by enemy fire and mines, Captain Richmond swam to shore through a hail of machine gun bullets and artillery fire. Upon reaching the shore, he gathered together the remainder of his company and moved down the beach. Here he established contact with a group of men whose officers had become casualties. He quickly organized the men for an attack against an enemy strongpoint on the left flank. In the face of heavy direct enemy fire, he gallantly led his men in a successful assault upon this enemy emplacement thereby removing an enemy installation that had been inflicting heavy casualties on this part of the beach. Without hesitation, Captain Richmond then pushed inland against the enemy. Completely disregarding his own safety, he led his men across open terrain, captured ***** and successfully defended it against superior forces until relieved. The personal bravery and determined leadership of Captain Richmond reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces. Entered military service from Vermont.

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