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Donald Leroy Truesdell
Birth: Aug. 26, 1906
Death: Sep. 21, 1993

Second Nicaraguan Campaign Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Corporal in the United Stares Marine Corps during the 2nd Campaign in Nicaragua. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Vicinity Constancia, near Coco River, in northern Nicaragua on April 24, 1932. His citation reads "Cpl. Truesdale was second in command of a Guardia Nacional Patrol in active operations against armed bandit forces in the vicinity of Constancia, near Coco River. While the patrol was in formation on the trail searching for a bandit group with which contact had just previously been made, a rifle grenade fell from its carrier and struck a rock, igniting the detonator. Several men close to the grenade at the time were in danger. Cpl. Truesdale, who was several yards away, could easily have sought cover and safety for himself. Knowing full well the grenade would explode within 2 or 3 seconds, he rushed for the grenade, grasped it in his right hand, and attempted to throw it away from the patrol. The grenade exploded in his hand, blowing it off and inflicting serious multiple wounds about his body. Cpl. Truesdale, in taking the full shock of the explosion himself, saved the members of the patrol from loss of life or serious injury." (bio by: Sally T.) 
Medal of Honor, CWO, US Marine Corps, Nicaraguan Conflict
Saint Johns Methodist Cemetery
Kershaw County
South Carolina, USA
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Originally Created by: Sally T.
Record added: Jul 31, 2008
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Donald Leroy Truesdell
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Donald Leroy Truesdell
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- Lazer
 Added: Jan. 29, 2014
Thank you for your service.
- Bonnie Truesdale
 Added: Aug. 3, 2013

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