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CMOHS.org - Staff Sergeant LEONARD, WILLIAM F., U.S. Army

Recipient Detail

 

LEONARD, WILLIAM F.

Rank: Staff Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company C, 30th Infantry
Division:
Born: August 9, 1913, Lockport, NJ
Departed: Yes (08/04/1985)
Entered Service At: Lockport, NJ
G.O. Number:
Date of Issue: 03/18/2014
Accredited To:
Place / Date: November 7, 1944, St. Die, France
 
 


LEONARD, WILLIAM F. Photo
 
Citation

Private First Class William F. Leonard distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Squad Leader in Company C, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy near St. Die, France on November 7, 1944. Private First Class Leonard's platoon was reduced to eight men as a result of blistering artillery, mortar, machinegun, and rifle fire. Private First Class Leonard led the survivors in an assault over a hill covered by trees and shrubs which the enemy continuously swept with automatic weapons fire. Ignoring bullets which pierced his pack, Private First Class Leonard killed two snipers at ranges of fifty and seventy-five yards and engaged and destroyed a machinegun nest with grenades, killing its two-man crew. Though momentarily stunned by an exploding bazooka shell, Private First Class Leonard relentlessly advanced, ultimately knocking out a second machinegun nest and capturing the roadblock objective. Private First Class Leonard's extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.