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 Leo J. Powers

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Leo J. Powers

Birth
Anselmo, Custer County, Nebraska, USA
Death 14 Jul 1967 (aged 58)
Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
Burial Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
Plot Blk 17, lot 30, grave 4
Memorial ID 8863001 View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Sergeant in the United States Army. He was awarded the Medal of Honor as a Private First Class, Rifleman, in Company L, 133d Infantry, 34th Infantry Division for action on February 3, 1944 at Hill 175, northwest of Cassino, Italy. His citation reads in part "This enemy gun silenced, the center of the line was able to move forward again, but almost immediately came under machine-gun fire from a second pillbox on the left flank. Pfc. Powers, however had located this pillbox, and crawled toward it, with absolutely no cover if the enemy should see him. Raising himself in full view of the enemy gunners about 15 feet from the pillbox, Pfc. Powers threw his grenade into the pillbox, silencing the gun, killing another German, and probably wounding three or four more who fled. Pfc. Powers still acting on his own initiative, commenced crawling toward the third enemy pillbox in the face of heavy machine-pistol and machine-gun fire. Skillfully availing himself of meager cover and concealment, Pfc. Powers crawled up to within 10 yards of this pillbox, fully exposed himself to the enemy gunners, stood upright, and tossed the two grenades into the small opening in the roof of the pillbox. HIs grenades killed two of the enemy and four more, all wounded, came out and surrendered to Pfc. Powers, who was now unarmed. Pfc. Powers had worked his way over the entire company front, and against tremendous odds had singlehandedly broken the backbone of this heavily defended and strategic enemy position, and enabled his regiment to advance into the city of Cassino.

Bio by: Don Morfe



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  • Added: 2 Jun 2004
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/8863001/leo-j.-powers : accessed ), memorial page for Leo J. Powers (5 Apr 1909–14 Jul 1967), Find a Grave Memorial ID 8863001, citing Holy Cross Cemetery, Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .