Kenneth was awarded the Silver Star for
gallantry in action during WWII. The following are transcriptions of the
documents associated with the award:
HEADQUARTERS SEVENTH INFANTRY
OFFICE OF THE REGIMENTAL COMMANDER
I5 August 1945.
Pfc Kenneth B. Hale, 36918201
Seventh Infantry Regiment
I feel it a great honor to inform you that you are awarded the Silver Star for
gallantry in action.
You have won the admiration of an officers and men of the Seventh Infantry for your self sacrifice, courage, and
devotion to duty.
The medal which you have so rightfully earned will be presented to you at an appropriate ceremony in the near future. Keep up the good work
JOHN A . HEINTGES
Colonel, 7th Infantry
Private First Class (then Private) KENNETH B. HALE, 36916201, Infantry. Company 'C", 7th Infantry Regiment. On 20 April 1945, Private First Class
HALE, an assistant BAR gunner, dashed 30 yards across open terrain through enemy small arms fire which had checked his squad, and flushed three enemy soldiers armed with machine pistols from a house in Nurnberg. Germany. Without hesitation, he gave pursuit to the Germans, running through small arms fire that barely missed him and shell fire that burst less than 10 yards from him. Reaching railroad tracks, he observed the enemy making for a patch of woods. While hostile bullets
ricocheted off the tracks all around him, he opened fire and killed the three Germans. By his daring action, Private First Class HALE enabled his squad to continue its advance.
Residence: Troup, Texas.