First Lieutenant Albert N Kimball Jr

Name Albert N Kimball Jr
Rank First Lieutenant
Army Serial # O-1304909
State Massachusetts
Date of death 1945-01-10
Plot, Row, Grave C, 15, 31
Cemetery Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium, Google Maps
Role MOS 1542 Infantry Unit Commander, Platoon Leader
Unit A Company, 330th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division
Awards Silver StarPurple Heart
Remarks First Lieutenant Albert Kimball was a member of A Company. The morning report for July 10, 1944 on page 14 lists him lightly wounded in action and transferred to the 96th Evacuation Hospital. The morning report for August 12, 1944 on page 19 lists him returning to the unit on July 10, 1944.

First Lieutenant Albert Kimball was awarded a Silver Star posthumously. The commendation is listed in General Order 188 and can be seen below:

FIRST LIEUTENANT ALBERT N. KIMBALL, JR., O1304909, 331st Infantry, United States Army. For gallantry in action on 9 and 10 January 1945 in Behain, Belgium. Lieutenant Kimball led his company, which was less than one-third its normal strength, into Behain against intense sniper fire and fanactitcal resistance. The operation was conducted under the most unfavorable weather conditions and with only one night of rest in the preceding seven days. Lieutenant Kimball had declined evacuation because of frozen feet the preceding night. He led the company and secured the first group of houses and held them until the following morning. He then led the first elements of his men over an open field exposed to enemy fire and halting short of cover himself, he held down a broken fence while he directed his men across the fence into the comparative safety of a barn. Still disregarding his personal safety, Lieutenant Kimball led his men forward and entered a house not yet clear of the enemy. As he entered an enemy sniper in the house shot and mortally wounded him. His outstanding personal courage, leadership and initiative reflect great credit upon himself and exemplify the finest traditions of the armed forces of the United States. Entered military service from Massachusetts. Residence 617 N. Erie St., Wichita, Kansas.

The author of this website notes that Behain should be Bihain, Belgium and that 331st should be 330th.

Chip Henneman provided me with the commendation letter to his wife Mrs. Madeen Kimball which can be seen below.
Documents - Citation Silver Star, GO #188
- Citation letter, page 1
- Citation letter, page 2
- Morning report July 10, 1944, A Company 330th IR, page 14
- Morning report August 12, 1944, A Company 330th IR, page 19
Grave Soldier
Albert N Kimball Jr (O-1304909) Albert N Kimball Jr (O-1304909)

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