Kentucky World War II Veteran to Posthumously Receive Medal of Honor

On Thursday, March 29, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that Kentuckian and World War II U.S. Army veteran First Lieutenant Garlin Conner, of Clinton County, will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Pauline Conner, 1st Lt. Conner’s widow, will be hosted at a White House Ceremony. On January 24, 1945, 1st Lt. Conner helped to singlehandedly repel the advance of six German tanks and 600 German infantrymen near Houssen, France. He directed artillery fire on the attacking force for three hours from a precariously exposed position. His actions prevented heavy casualties in his own battalion and helped to turn back the Nazi advance. Governor Matt Bevin said it is a proud day for all Kentuckians to see this prestigious recognition posthumously bestowed upon 1st Lt. Garlin Conner. The veteran had previously received four Silver Stars, one Bronze Star, three Purple Hearts, and the EAME Campaign Medal with 7 Bronze Stars for his bravery in the European and Mediterranean theaters from 1943-1945. 1st Lt. Conner passed away in 1998 at the age of 79.

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