He took part in the Balkan Campaign and Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union.
In December 1941, Kraas received the German Cross in Gold.
He treated another wounded comrade, and, using his own body as a shield against enemy bullets and fragments, moved him to safety. Kays resumed his heroic lifesaving efforts by moving beyond the company's perimeter into enemy held territory to treat a wounded American lying there. Kays resulted in the saving of numerous lives and inspired others in his company to repel the enemy. Kays' heroism at the risk of his life are in keeping with the highest traditions of the service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.
Kenneth Michael Kays (September 22, 1949 – November 29, 1991) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War.
Kays left the Army while still a private first class. He spent time in mental hospitals and struggled with addiction.
He took his own life at age 42 and was buried in Maple Hill Cemetery, Fairfield, Illinois. Mills published a book, Troubled Hero: A Medal of Honor, Vietnam, and the War at Home, detailing Kays's life in Fairfield, Illinois through the Vietnam War.
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Hugo Kraas (25 January 1911 – 20 February 1980) was a German SS commander during World War II.