Victor Leonard Kandle MOH

b. 13/06/1921 Roy, Washington. d. 31/12/1944 near La Forge, France.

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 09/10/1944 near La Forge, France.

Victor L Kandle MOH

After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the US Army as a private and in 1943 he attended Officers Candidate School and graduated with a commission as a 2nd lieutenant, and was sent to the European Theater of Operations where he saw action in the invasion of southern France.  On October 9, 1944, near La Forge, France, he led his platoon in the capture of a German stronghold and the destruction of two machine gun emplacements. Then, with his men providing supporting fire, he attacked a fortified house and forced the Germans inside to surrender.

He was killed in action two months later and, on May 11, 1945, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions near La Forge. The Medal was presented to his widow and son by Major General H. C. Pratt in Presidio, California.



For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. On 9 October 1944, at about noon, near La Forge, France, 1st Lt. Kandle, while leading a reconnaissance patrol into enemy territory, engaged in a duel at point-blank range with a German field officer and killed him. Having already taken five enemy prisoners that morning, he led a skeleton platoon of 16 men, reinforced with a light machine-gun squad, through fog and over precipitious mountain terrain to fall on the rear of a German quarry stronghold which had checked the advance of an infantry battalion for two days. Rushing forward, several yards ahead of his assault elements, 1st Lt. Kandle fought his way into the heart of the enemy strongpoint, and by his boldness and audacity, forced the Germans to surrender. Harassed by machine-gun fire from a position which he had bypassed in the dense fog, he moved to within 15 yards of the enemy, killed a German machine gunner with accurate rifle fire and led his men in the destruction of another machine-gun crew and its rifle security elements. Finally, he led his small force against a fortified house held by two German officers and 30 enlisted men. After establishing a base of fire, he rushed forward alone through an open clearing in full view of the enemy, smashed through a barricaded door, and forced all 32 Germans to surrender. His intrepidity and bold leadership resulted in the capture or killing of three enemy officers and 54 enlisted men, the destruction of three enemy strongpoints, and the seizure of enemy positions which had halted a battalion attack.