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SGT Leonard B Keller

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SGT Leonard B Keller

  • Birth 25 Feb 1947 Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 18 Oct 2009 Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 60, Site 9197
  • Memorial ID 43504729

Vietnam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was serving as a sergeant in Company A, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Division, when on May 2, 1967, he earned the medal for service in the Ap Bac Zone, Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sweeping through an area where an enemy ambush had occurred earlier, Sgt. Keller's unit suddenly came under intense automatic weapons and small arms fire from a number of enemy bunkers and numerous snipers in nearby trees. Sgt. Keller quickly moved to a position where he could fire at a bunker from which automatic fire was received, killing 1 Viet Cong who attempted to escape. Leaping to the top of a dike, he and a comrade charged the enemy bunkers, dangerously exposing themselves to the enemy fire. Armed with a light machine gun, Sgt. Keller and his comrade began a systematic assault on the enemy bunkers. While Sgt. Keller neutralized the fire from the first bunker with his machine gun, the other soldier threw in a hand grenade killing its occupant. Then he and the other soldier charged a second bunker, killing its occupant. A third bunker contained an automatic rifleman who had pinned down much of the friendly platoon. Again, with utter disregard for the fire directed to them, the 2 men charged, killing the enemy within. Continuing their attack, Sgt. Keller and his comrade assaulted 4 more bunkers, killing the enemy within. During their furious assault, Sgt. Keller and his comrade had been almost continuously exposed to intense sniper fire as the enemy desperately sought to stop their attack. The ferocity of their assault had carried the soldiers beyond the line of bunkers into the tree line, forcing snipers to flee. The 2 men gave immediate chase, driving the enemy away from the friendly unit. When his ammunition was exhausted, Sgt. Keller returned to the platoon to assist in the evacuation of the wounded. The 2-man assault had driven an enemy platoon from a well-prepared position, accounted for numerous enemy dead, and prevented further friendly casualties. Sgt. Keller's selfless heroism and indomitable fighting spirit saved the lives of many of his comrades and inflicted serious damage on the enemy. His acts were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army. Leonard died as a result of a motorcycle accident.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SGT Leonard B Keller (25 Feb 1947–18 Oct 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43504729, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .