|Death: ||Sep. 7, 1944, At Sea|
Leonard served as a 1st Lieutenant, Quartermaster Corps, U.S. Army during World War II.
He was originally a British soldier and later transfered to the U.S. Army. He also reportedly either resided at one time in Delaware or had family members residing there.
He became a prisoner of the Japanese Army while fighting in the Philippines during the war in 1942. He was held at Japanese POW Camp 2, Davao, Mindanao, Philippines.
Leonard was declared "Missing In Action" while a POW of the Japanese Army in the sinking of the "Shinyo Maru".
He was awarded the Prisoner Of War Medal and the Purple Heart.
The Japanese ship "Shinyo Maru" was loaded with 750 U.S. POW's in the cargo holds. The U.S.S. Paddle (SS-263), not knowing that American POW's were on board, fired torpedoes at the ship off the coast of Mindanao and sank it. Some Japanese guards shot prisoners as they struggled from the holds after the attack or were in the water.
668 POW's died when the ship sank, leaving only 82 survivors. 47 of 52 Japanese guards also died.
His remains were not recovered.
Service # O-2031880
( Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )
Soldiers & Sailors who died on the "Shinyo Maru":
( Last name staring with: A through D )
( Last name staring with: E through L )
( Last name staring with: M through R )
( Last name staring with: S through Z )
Survivor of the "Shinyo Maru"
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Note: Entered the Service from Great Britain
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Created by: Russ Pickett
Record added: Apr 15, 2010
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