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John Riley Kane

Date of birth: January 5, 1907
Date of death: May 29, 1996
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: Texas, McGregor
Home of record: Shreveport Louisiana

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Colonel (Air Corps) John Riley Kane, United States Army Air Forces, for conspicuous gallantry in action and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty Headquarters, 98th Bombardment Group (H), Ninth Air Force in action on 1 August 1943. On this date Colonel Kane led the third element of heavy bombardment aircraft in a mass low-level bombing attack against the vitally important enemy target of the Ploesti oil refineries in Rumania. En route to the target, which necessitated a round-trip flight of over 2,400 miles, Colonel Kane's element became separated from the leading portion of the massed formation in avoiding dense and dangerous cumulous cloud conditions over mountainous terrain. Rather than turn back from such a vital mission he elected to proceed to his target. Upon arrival at the target area it was discovered that another group had apparently missed its target and had previously attacked and damaged the target assigned to Colonel Kane's element. Despite the thoroughly warned defenses, the intensive anti-aircraft fire, enemy fighter airplanes, extreme hazards on a low-level attack of exploding delayed action bombs from the previous element, of oil fires and explosions and dense smoke over the target area, Colonel Kane elected to lead his formation into the attack. By his gallant courage, brilliant leadership, and superior flying skill, he and the formation under his command successfully attacked this vast refinery so essential to our enemies' war effort. Through his conspicuous gallantry in this most hazardous action against the enemy, and by his intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, Colonel Kane personally contributed vitally to the success of this daring mission and thereby rendered most distinguished service in the furtherance of the defeat of our enemies.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 54, September 7, 1943

Action Date: 1-Aug-43

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Colonel

Company: Headquarters

Regiment: 98th Bombardment Group (H)

Division: 9th Air Force

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Colonel (Air Corps) John Riley Kane, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the NINTH Air Force during World War II.

General Orders: Headquarters, 9th Air Force, General Orders No. 38 (1943) & Headquarters, 9th Air Force, General Orders No. 53 (1943)

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Colonel

Division: 9th Air Force