The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*KYLE, DARWIN K.
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant,
U.S. Army, Company K, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date:
Near Kamil-ni, Korea, 16 February 1951. Entered service at: Racine, W. Va. Born:
1 June 1918, Jenkins, Ky. G.O. No.: 17, 1 February 1952.
2d Lt. Kyle, distinguished himself
by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action
against the enemy. When his platoon had been pinned down by intense fire, he completely
exposed himself to move among and encourage his men to continue the advance against enemy
forces strongly entrenched on Hill 185. Inspired by his courageous leadership, the platoon
resumed the advance but was again pinned down when an enemy machinegun opened fire,
wounding 6 of the men. 2d Lt. Kyle immediately charged the hostile emplacement alone,
engaged the crew in hand-to-hand combat, killing all 3. Continuing on toward the
objective, his platoon suddenly received an intense automatic-weapons fire from a
well-concealed hostile position on its right flank. Again leading his men in a daring
bayonet charge against this position, firing his carbine and throwing grenades, 2d Lt.
Kyle personally destroyed 4 of the enemy before he was killed by a burst from an enemy
submachinegun. The extraordinary heroism and outstanding leadership of 2d Lt. Kyle, and
his gallant self-sacrifice, reflect the highest credit upon himself and are in keeping
with the esteemed traditions of the military service.