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Corp Leslie Charles Sargent
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Birth: Dec. 5, 1917
California, USA
Death: May 9, 1945
Okinawa, Japan

Leslie was born to Ray Leslie Sargent & Ruth Pauline Buehler Sargent. His siblings were Merle Lavina Sargent, Janet Rose Sargent, Doris Evelyn Sargent, Pauline Claire Sargent, Baby Sargent, Lucille Marian Sargent.

He married Ester Hess June 26, 1944 in Redlands, San Bernardino County, California.

My Hero

Dec. 1944 Sargent Home From Combat- Corporal Leslie Sargent, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Sargent, New Jersey street, is home on a 30-day furlough after spending two and a half years as a marine in the Pacific. He wars the ribbons of his theatre and also has two stars to denote that he was taken part in two major engagements. He can not tell about them but says that the going was rough at times. He escaped without being wounded although he took part in some of the decisive action of the marines in the South Pacific.

May 23, 1945 Mrs. Leslie C. Sargent - Deeply regret to inform you that your husband Corporal Leslie C. Sargent USMCR was killed in action May 9, 1945 at Okinawa Island Ryukyu Islands in the performance of his duty and service of his country when information is received regarding burial you will be notified. To prevent possible aid to our enemies do not divulge the name of his ship or station. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. A A Vandegrift General USMC commandant of the marine Cors.

Leslie C. Sargent who lost his life while in the service of his country has been reported buried in Grave 99 plot 2 in First Marine Division Cemetery, Okinawa.

Leslie Charles Sargent-Rites Tuesday Funeral services for Copal. Leslie Copal.. Sargent, 911 East Colton avenue, who was killed on Okinawa May 9, 1945, will be held at Hillside cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 2 o"clock. Rev. Paul Lee Sturges, pastor of the First Baptist church will officiate. F. Arthur Cortner is in charge of arrangements. Copal. Sargent lived in Redlands practically all his life until he entered the service. He worked with his father on their groves. He was 27 years old at the time of his death. "For heroic achievement" on Okinawa the bronze star medal was awarded Copal. Sargent of the United States Marines, Posthumously to his widow at her home at 911 East Colton avenue. The citation, signed by James Forrestal, secretary of the navy for President Harry S. Truman, said it was "for heroic achievement" as a right guide, serving a platoon of Company L, Third battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine division,in action against the enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa. Quick to act when his platoon"s advance was temporarily halted by a well entrenched machine gun position, Copal. Sargent fearlessly led his squad up a steep ridge, fighting with aggressive determination to reach his objective. Although fatally struck by enemy fire his daring initiative inspired his men to continue the assault until two of the Japanese were killed and the rest forced to withdraw." He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Esther Sargent; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Sargent, and the following sisters, Mrs. Albert Maley, Miss Lucille Sargent, Mrs. Orval Gordon and Mrs. Paul Mitchell, Redlands, and Mrs. John Burtron of Indiana.

Medals:

BRONZE STAR MEDAL:
Awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with (identical for all branches of the service) the U.S. Marine Corps has distinguished himself by gallantry in action not warranting the Medal of Honor or Distinguished Service Cross, and to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Marine Corps received a citation for gallantry in action published in orders issued at the headquarters of a force commanded by a general officer.

PURPLE HEART:
(Identical for all branches of the service). Awarded to any person wounded in action against an enemy of the United States, or as a result of act of such enemy, if wound necessitated treatment by a Medical Officer. Also awarded posthumously to the next of kin of service personnel killed in action or who die as a result of wounds received in action against an enemy of the United States, or as a result of an act of such enemy after 5 April 1917.

PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION:
Awarded to any ship, aircraft or Naval unit or any Marine Corps Aircraft, detachment or higher unit by the Secretary of the Navy in the name of the President for outstanding performance in action against an enemy of the United States on or after 16 Oct 1941. Such service must be comparable to that for which a Navy Cross is awarded to an individual.

VICTORY MEDAL WWII:
Awarded to all members of the Armed Forces of the United States or of the Government of the Philippine Islands who served on active duty in World War II at any time between 7 DEC 1941 and 31 DEC 1946 both dates inclusive.

AMERICAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL:
Awarded to personnel for service within the American Theater between 7 December 1941 and 2 March 1946 under any of the following conditions:
On permanent assignment outside the continental limits of the United States
Permanently assigned as a member of a crew of a vessel sailing ocean waters for a period of 30 days of 60 nonconsecutive days.
Permanently assigned as a member of an operating crew of an airplane actually making regular and frequenet flights over ocean waters for a period of 30 days.
Outside the continental limits of the United States in a passenger status or on temporary duty for 30 consecutive days of 60 days not consecutive.
In active combat against the enemy and was awarded a combat decoration or furnished a certificate by the commanding general of a corps, higher unit, or independent force that he actually participated in combat.
Winting the continental limits of the United States for an aggregate period of one year.

ASIATIC-PACIFIC THEATER RIBBON:
Awarded to Officers and enlisted men of the Armed Forces of the United States who, during the period 7 DEC 1941 and 2 Mar 1946, shall have served on active duty in the prescribed Asiatic-Pacific area under any one of certain specified conditions and/or aboard certain snips of the Army or Navy. A small bronze star is authorized to be attached to the ribbon for each battle which the wearer has participated therein.

ENLISTED IN MARINE CORPS RESERVE MARCH 12, 1941; LEFT UNITED SATES JULY 23, 1941; TERRITORY OF HAWAII JULY 31, 1941 TO DECEMBER 6, 1941; ASIATIC-PACIFIC AREA DECEMBER 7, 1941 TO DECEMBER 9, 1943 AND SEPTEMBER 12, 1944 TO MAY 9,1945. PARTICIPATED IN ACTION AGAINST THE ENEMY AT PEARL HARBOR, TERRITORY OF HAWAII DECEMBER 7, 1941; OKINAWA, RYUKYU ISLANDS APRIL 1, 1945 TO MAY 9, 1945. AWARDS: BRONZE STAR MEDAL WITH COMBAT 'V'; PURPLE HEART; PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION RIBBON BAR WITH STAR; AMERICAN DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL; ASIATIC-PACIFIC CAMPAIGN MEDAL; WORLD WAR II VICTORY MEDAL.

3 years 9 months and 30 days he finally is laid to rest at Hillside Memorial Park. 
 
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 Parents:
  Ray Leslie Sargent (1885 - 1959)
  Ruth Pauline Buehler Sargent (1892 - 1974)
 
 Spouse:
  Esther B Hess Rector (1914 - 1992)*
 
 Siblings:
  Merle Lavina Sargent Burtron (1916 - 1955)*
  Leslie Charles Sargent (1917 - 1945)
  Janet Rose Sargent Osborn (1919 - 2008)*
  Doris Evelyn Sargent Maley (1924 - 1997)*
  Pauline Claire Sargent Mitchell (1925 - 1994)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hillside Memorial Park
Redlands
San Bernardino County
California, USA
 
Created by: JoLynn Mangum Cooper Sel...
Record added: Oct 17, 2007
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Rest in peace, Marine.
- Michael DeLost
 Added: Jan. 9, 2013
Uncle Leslie I feel you have been with me allot this week. I feel as if I known you all my life. I so wish I had meet you. I love you.........
- JoLynn Mangum Cooper Self
 Added: Mar. 10, 2012

- JoLynn Mangum Cooper Self
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