Lieutenant Kenneth Ian Gunter


Unit : No.13 Platoon, "A" Company, 2nd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

Army No. : 251639

Awards : Military Cross


Lieutenant Gunter has commanded a platoon in the regiment since landing in Normandy on 6th June 1944 until he was wounded after the crossing of the Rhine on the 24th March. Throughout the whole period he has inspired his platoon by his constant example of courage and devotion to duty. On 24th March 1945, Lieutenant Gunter landed in the centre of a group of Light Anti-Aircraft guns which had already caused considerable damage to other gliders. Lieutenant Gunter's own glider was under heavy fire, but without hesitation, he rallied all unwounded men and cleared the landing zone. During this operation he knocked out twelve guns. Immediately this task was completed he led his platoon on to capture their original objectives. Lieutenant Gunter's fine leadership has also been displayed in the frequent patrols he has carried out against the enemy in particular in a reconnaissance patrol he carried out across the river Maas [in Holland, February 1945] when he came back with accurate information as to the enemy's dispositions.


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