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World War II - U.S. Army

Leonard Carl Brostrom

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company F, 17th Infantry Regiment,
    7th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 28, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Dagami, Leyte, Philippine Islands

He was a rifleman with an assault platoon which ran into powerful resistance near Dagami, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 28 October 1944. From pillboxes, trenches, and spider holes so well-camouflaged that they could be detected at no more than 20 yards, the enemy poured machine-gun and rifle fire, causing severe casualties in the platoon. Realizing that a key pillbox in the center of the strongpoint would have to be knocked out if the company were to advance, Pfc. Brostrom, without orders and completely ignoring his own safety, ran forward to attack the pillbox with grenades. He immediately became the prime target for all the riflemen in the area, as he rushed to the rear of the pillbox and tossed grenades through the entrance. Six enemy soldiers left a trench in a bayonet charge against the heroic American, but he killed one and drove the others off with rifle fire. As he threw more grenades from his completely exposed position he was wounded several times in the abdomen and knocked to the ground. Although suffering intense pain and rapidly weakening from loss of blood, he slowly rose to his feet and once more hurled his deadly missiles at the pillbox. As he collapsed, the enemy began fleeing from the fortification and were killed by riflemen of his platoon. Pfc. Brostrom died while being carried from the battlefield, but his intrepidity and unhesitating willingness to sacrifice himself in a one-man attack against overwhelming odds enabled his company to reorganize against attack and annihilate the entire enemy position.

Medal of Honor Recipient Leonard C. Brostrom
Medal of Honor Recipient Leonard C. Brostrom
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Preston, Franklin County, Idaho
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: November 29, 1945

    Preston, Idaho, presented by Brig. Gen. Robert M. Hardaway to his Father

  • Born: November 23, 1919, Preston, Franklin County, ID, United States
  • Died: October 28, 1944, Leyte, Philippine Islands
  • Buried: Preston Cemetery District (MH) (NW-1-18), Preston, ID, United States
  • Location of Medal: LDS Museum of Church History and Art, Salt Lake City, UT

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