b. 09/08/1913 Lockport, New York. d. 04/08/1971 Lockport, New York.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 07/11/1944 St Die, France.
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army serving in the 3rd Infantry Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor as a Private First Class for action on November 7, 1944 at St. Die, France. His daughter, Patricia Kennedy was presented the Medal of Honor at the White House by President Barack H. Obama.
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.
BURIAL LOCATION: COLD SPRINGS CEMETERY, LOCKPORT, NEW YORK.
Section 7, Lot 64, Grave 4
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