Hospitalman 3rd Class
U.S. Navy attached to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Born August 15, 1930 in Highland Park, Illinois
Entered service at Houston, Texas
Awarded posthumously for heroic action at "Bunker Hill" in Korea on August 13, 1952
Killed in Action August 13, 1952 at age 21
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a medical corpsman while serving with a marine rifle company in the 1st Marine Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces
With his company engaged in defending a vitally important hill position well forward of the main line of resistance during an assault by large concentrations of hostile troops, Hospitalman Kilmer repeatedly braved intense enemy mortar, artillery and sniper fire to move from one position to another, administering aid to the wounded and expediting their evacuation. Painfully wounded himself when struck by mortar fragments while moving to the aid of a casualty, he persisted in his efforts and inched his way to the side of the stricken Marine through a hail of enemy shells falling around him. Undaunted by the devastating hostile fire, he skillfully administered first aid to his comrade and, as another mounting barrage of enemy fire shattered the immediate area, unhesitatingly shielded the wounded man with his own body. Mortally wounded by flying shrapnel while carrying out this heroic action, Hospitalman Kilmer, by his great personal valor and gallant spirit of self-sacrifice in saving the life of a comrade, served to inspire all who observed him. His unyielding devotion to duty in the face of heavy odds reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for another.