Hero of Bataan, Philippine Scouts
U.S. Army, 57th Infantry
Exhibit Curated by Matthew J. Bloom
FSU graduate - NASFL Museum Intern
Lt. Nininger was the first Army soldier to receive the Medal of Honor during World War II, for his extraordinary actions in combat during the Japanese invasion of the Phillipines. After charging through the Japanese lines, Nininger eventually succumbed to his wounds, and his body was found in a foxhole, surrounded by the bodies of 3 Japanese soldiers (including an officer). Recommended by General MacArthur, Nininger was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. Lt. Nininger was a Fort Lauderdale, Florida resident.
Visit Nininger's Exhibit bio page and slideshow