Bookmark and Share

Harry Kizirian

Place of Birth: Rhode Island, Providence
Home of record: Providence Rhode Island


Navy Cross

See more recipients of this award

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Corporal Harry Kizirian (MCSN: 942989), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as an Automatic Rifleman of Company E, Second Battalion, Twenty-second Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 11 June 1945. Returning from an assigned mission of locating elements of a reserve platoon, Private First Class Kizirian observed a stretcher party of Marines pinned down and suffering casualties while attempting to evacuate the wounded of an adjacent unit. Determined to reach a more advantageous position to deliver accurate fire on the enemy, he unhesitatingly moved forward. Immediately exposed to additional hostile fire which wounded him in both legs and abdomen, he continued to drag himself forward by pressure of his elbows, alternately firing and advancing until he had killed all twelve of the Japanese in the emplacement. By his outstanding courage and aggressive fighting spirit, Private First Class Kizirian enabled the stretcher party to advance and evacuate the wounded. His gallant devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 86000 (SofN Signed March 1, 1948)

Action Date: June 11, 1945

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Corporal

Company: Company E

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 26th Marines

Division: 6th Marine Division