HARRY L. KIMMELL, MAJ, USA

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Harry Kimmell '18

Date of birth: October 13, 1895

Date of death: October 9, 1918

Age: 22

Lucky Bag

"H.L. Kimmel" is among those listed under the heading "Lost In Action."

Loss

Harry Lispenard Kimmell was lost on October 18, 1918, when he was killed in action in France as a member of the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment.

The 16th Infantry Regiment was heavily engaged during this period in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

He was survived by his parents and two siblings; he is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Distinguished Service Cross

From Arlington National Cemetery.net:

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. 3, W.D., 1921
Home Town: Washington, DC
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross w/OLC (WWI)

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. 3, W.D., 1921
Home Town: Washington, DC
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI)
Date of Action: October 9, 1918

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.

Memorial

Kimmel Road on Governors Island, New York, is named for Harry (though it's incorrectly spelled with only one "L").


Class of 1918

Harry is one of 14 members of the Class of 1918 in Memorial Hall.