|Birth: ||Sep. 20, 1931|
|Death: ||Feb. 7, 2008|
South Carolina, USA
Recon Platoon, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division
Veteran of Korea and Vietnam
Thanks to Rich Tinneny for taking the photograph of the marker and Mark Brockway for the photo of Leo Mons and information as well as Tombstoner, for transferring to me.
ELGIN — Funeral services for Sgt. Maj. Leo Mons, U.S. Army (Ret.), 76, of Elgin, SC, will be held Sunday, February 10, 2008, at noon in Greenlawn Funeral Home Chapel with full military honors and interment to follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Columbia, SC. On-line condolences may be made to www.mem.com. Memorials may be sent to the Disabled American Veterans, 1801 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201.
Sgt. Maj. Mons died Thursday, February 7, 2008, in Elgin, SC. He was born September 21, 1931, in Metter, Candler County, GA, to Grover Sylvester Mons and Susie Sparks Mons. He served in the United States Army for over 29 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam and a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 402.
He was married to Frances Almodovar Mons for 54 years; children, Leslie Mons of Springfield, GA, Letitia Campbell of Hopkins, SC, Jesse Mons (deceased), Judith Mons-Burgess of Atlanta, GA, Nathaniel Mons of Atlanta, GA, and Angela Mons-Nesmith of Atlanta, GA; sisters, Cleo Fordham of Rincon, GA, and Faye Miller of Hardeeville, SC; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Obituary posted: February 9, 2008
GEN Fred Keith Mahaffey Battalion Commander, Command and Control
Jon Jay Coddington
Marvin J Covington
Martin Rudy Duran Jr
Wesley Earl Fowler
William David Gouger Jr
Ronald S. Muhlbaier
David Judson Needhan
Willie Allen Stallings, CO, Co E, 2nd Bn, 60th Inf
2/60th Website http://recon2-60.4t.com/
Members of the 1968-1969 version of this platoon were for the most part handpicked by then Platoon Sergeant SFC Mark Brockway and then Battalion Commander LTC Fred Keith Mahaffey. LTC Mahaffey envisioned this platoon as a "super infantry platoon". The platoon initiated contact with the enemy and when the enemy responded, they then were engaged by this platoon while Command and Control above (Mahaffey) delivered a devastating airmobile insertion of combat troops, artillery fire, air cavalry UH-1 helicopter gunships and AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters. The use of this unit was unique and highly effective and it was a elite and highly decorated platoon. The execution of this order of battle was so precise that the result was over 90 percent of the 2d Battalion 60th Infantry engagements were over within 10 to 30 minutes as a result of the speed of the operation and the aggressive attitude of the troops. This platoon did not wear steel pots or flak jackets. They wore soft hats, in most cases camaflouge berets, and normally would be carrying 25-30 magazines of 5.56mm ammo per man, frag grenades, smoke grenades, concussion grenades, hand flares, star cluster flares, atleast two 40mm grenade launchers, M60 machine gun, Light Anti-Tank Weapon(LAW), CS gas grenades and at least three radios. Sometimes they had room to carry food. For the most part they traveled light and fast. Upon arrival of support troops, the Recon Platoon continued to engage the enemy and apply pressure as the piling on took place, providing precise coordinates for the attack helicopters, helicopter gunships and artillery fire. Doing so, they were able to avoid considerable losses due to "friendly fire".
Bronze Star w/V device
Army Commendation Medal w/V device
Meritorious Service Medal
SGM US ARMY
TEC 4 US ARMY
Fort Jackson National Cemetery
South Carolina, USA
Plot: SECTION 2 SITE 678
Maintained by: Robert Fowler
Originally Created by: Tombstoner
Record added: Apr 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36504193