Pvt John Lawrence Leighty

Pvt John Lawrence Leighty

Delaware, USA
Death 26 Feb 1945 (aged 26–27)
Burial Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands
Plot Section F ~ Row 6 ~ Grave 5
Memorial ID 56300970 · View Source
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John, who resided at 118 Middleboro Road, Wilmington, Delaware, served as a Private with the 407th Infantry Regiment, 102nd Infantry Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

He enlisted in the Army on November 18, 1943 in Camden, New Jersey. He was noted as being employed as a Manager and also as being Married.

He was "Killed In Action" in Germany during the war.

He had served in the Army for one year and three months at the time of his death and was decorated with a " Bronze Star " and Purple Heart.

Service # 42080783

Son of Howard Alfred Leighty and Helen Moore Leighty.

Husband of Mary Gettz Leighty.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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The following was submitted by: " ET ":

The 1st battalion attacked from Lovinich to Erkelenz with Company B on the right C on the Left and A in reserve. Some small arms fire was received from the right flank, as the battalion at the time was on the right of the regimental zone. Just short of Bellinghoven Companies B and C were held up by small-Arms fire from a trench south of the town and by heavy artillery fire.

The troops sought refuge in a trench about 150 yards from the German positions. Heavy wire separating the opposing forces made a frontal assault impossible so the Companies fired rifle grenades and 60mm mortar rounds, includingn smoke and white phosphorus, into the German trenches.

After ten minutes the Germans withdrew, allowing the companies to cut their way through toward Erkelenz. They reoganized in Bellinghoven in order to resume the northward attack at 1540 in conjunction with the other battalions. The advance into Bellinghoven was generally unopposed although the battalion suffered severe losses in a minefield just short of the town where twelve men were killed by mines.



  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56300970
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt John Lawrence Leighty (1918–26 Feb 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56300970, citing Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .