A knee injury will keep Army junior right tackle Momo Kime from playing in today’s Army-Navy game.
But, the injury will not stop Kime from representing Richard Kime, his grandfather.
Kime’s No. 78 jersey will have the actual patch worn by his grandfather during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.
Richard Kime was a 19-year-old company commander for the 193rd Glider Infantry of the 17th Airborne. Kime,who served under Gen. George S. Patton, was shot in left side and the bullet punctured his leg during the battle. He received a Purple Heart.
“You hear those stories about that generation and it’s just, ‘Wow,’” said Bill Kime, Momo’s father and a 1984 West Point graduate who played tackle for the football team. ” That was an amazing feat what they did.”
History. com says the U.S. Army suffered more than 100,000 casualties at the Battle of the Bulge, which was the largest World War II battle fought on the western front.
Army players are wearing special uniforms today in tribute of Battle of the Bulge. A map of the battle is designed into the jersey number, gloves and helmet stripe.
Richard Kime graduated from Culver (Ind.) Military Academy, the same high school Bill and Momo Kime attended. He commissioned as a second lieutenant upon high school graduation.
“He was a 19-year old company commander at the Battle of the Bulge,” Bill Kime said. “I sit there and I think 19 years old in battle.”