Freeman Victor Horner was born on June 7, 1922 in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania. He held only a grade-school education when he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army on January 4, 1941 at age 18. Horner’s original enlistment was for one year, which of course was extended indefinitely by the United States’ entry into World War II.
Jack James Pendleton was born in Sentinel Butte, North Dakota on March 31, 1918. He grew up in Yakima, Washington and was living there when he was drafted for World War II service in the United States Army on July 7, 1942 at age 24.
Harold G. Kiner was just like thousands of other young American men during World War II: he came from a small town that he had resided since his birth, went to a distant land to fight for his country and freedom, and left his life there. Most of these men’s names we will never know, and in that way, Harold Kiner represents them all.