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Sgt. Elbert L. Kinser

 
 
Sgt. Elbert L. Kinser Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, September 27, 2009
1. Sgt. Elbert L. Kinser Marker
Inscription. For conspicuous gallantry as a leader of a First Marine Division Rifle Platoon on Okinawa Shima on May 4, 1945, this Greene County native was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously by President Harry S. Truman. Attacked by Japanese forces, Sgt. Kinser engaged the enemy in a fierce hand grenade battle. Quick to act when a grenade landed, he threw himself on it, absorbing the explosion, and saving his men at the expense of his own life. He is buried in the Solomon Lutheran Church Cemetery in Greene County.
 
Erected by Tennesse Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1C 71.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 36° 9.787′ N, 82° 49.858′ W. Marker is in Greeneville, Tennessee, in Greene County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and Depot Street, on the right when traveling south on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 108 South Main Street, Greeneville TN 37743, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Greeneville Union Convention (here, next to this marker); Greene County Civil War (here, next to this marker); Greeneville, Tennessee
Sgt. Elbert L. Kinser Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2012
2. Sgt. Elbert L. Kinser Marker
(a few steps from this marker); John H. Morgan (a few steps from this marker); Roll of Honor – Greene County (a few steps from this marker); Governor John Sevier (a few steps from this marker); Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); First Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greeneville.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Sgt. Elbert L. Kinser Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2012
3. Sgt. Elbert L. Kinser Marker
The marker (seen in center of photo) is located at the Green County Courthouse.
Sgt. Elbert L. Kinser Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 25, 2001
4. Sgt. Elbert L. Kinser Marker
Sgt. Kinser is buried in Solomon Lutheran Church Cemetery, Greeneville TN. This is a photo of his private grave marker.
Sgt. Elbert L. Kinser Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 25, 2001
5. Sgt. Elbert L. Kinser Marker
This is a photo of Sgt. Kinser's government grave marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 889 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 5, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on August 8, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4, 5. submitted on October 21, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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