Son of Edith Pitman who resided in Mexhoma, Oklahoma.
Leo served as a Private First Class, Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 200th Coast Artillery Regiment (Anti-Aircraft), Coast Artillery Corps, U.S. Army during World War II.
He resided in Union County, New Mexico prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army Coast Artillery Corps on March 28, 1941, prior to the war, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the manufacture of miscellaneous products Divorced, without dependents.
Leo became a POW of the Japanese Army during the "Fall Of the Philippines" in 1942.
He "Died While A POW" of the Japanese Army at Hoten Pow Camp, Mukden, Manchuria 42-123 (China) during the war.
He was awarded the Prisoner Of War Medal and the Purple Heart.
He was originally interred in the POW Camp in China and was repatriated here on June 17, 1949.
Service # 38012436
At the families request, the state of Oklahoma was added to his headstone instead of his state of residence, as was normally done, (New Mexico).
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett
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