Art Leatherwood

KIMBRO, TRUMAN (?–1944). Truman Kimbro, Medal of Honor recipient, was born at Madisonville, Texas, to Mr. and Mrs. Tom C. Kimbro. He entered military service at Houston. Serving as a member of Company C, Second Engineer Battalion, Second Infantry Division, near Rocherath, Belgium, on December 19, 1944, he was scout for his squad, which was commanded to mine a vital crossroads. Upon arrival he found the crossroads occupied by an enemy tank and twenty infantrymen. He made two attempts to reach his objective but was met with heavy enemy fire. He left his squad in a protected place and, laden with mines, crawled toward the crossroads. Although severely wounded he continued to the crossroads and laid his mines. As he attempted to crawl away, he was riddled by rifle and machine-gun fire. His heroic action delayed the enemy advance and prevented an attack on withdrawing American columns. Kimbro is buried in the American Battlefield Monuments Cemetery at Chapelle, Belgium.

Dallas Morning News, August 26, 1945. Committee on Veterans' Affairs, United States Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients, 1863–1973 (Washington: GPO, 1973).

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