May 04, 1945
While acting as Leader of a Rifle Platoon serving with Company I, Third Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division during the Okinawa Campaign, Sergeant Elbert L. Kinser was closely engaged with the enemy when a Japanese grenade landed in close proximity. Immediately, he threw himself upon the grenade and absorbed the explosion within his body, saving his fellow Marines from death or serious injury. For his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity" on this occasion, Sergeant Kinser was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
Theater: Pacific Theater
Source: Naval History & Heritage Command