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1LT Turney White Leonard

1LT Turney White Leonard

Birth
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Death 7 Nov 1944 (aged 23)
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Plot Section 158, Lot 32, Grave 8
Memorial ID 9811 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Seved in the United States Army during World War II as a 1st Lieutenant in Company C, 893rd Tank Destroyer Battalion. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Kommerscheidt, Germany, on November 4 to 6, 1944. His citation reads "He displayed extraordinary heroism while commanding a platoon of mobile weapons at Kommerscheidt, Germany. During the fierce 3-day engagement, he repeatedly braved overwhelming enemy fire in advance of his platoon to direct the fire of his tank destroyer from exposed, dismounted positions. He went on lone reconnaissance missions to discover what opposition his men faced, and on 1 occasion, when fired upon by a hostile machinegun, advanced alone and eliminated the enemy emplacement with a hand grenade. When a strong German attack threatened to overrun friendly positions, he moved through withering artillery, mortar, and small arms fire, reorganized confused infantry units whose leaders had become casualties, and exhorted them to hold firm. Although wounded early in battle, he continued to direct fire from his advanced position until he was disabled by a high-explosive shell which shattered his arm, forcing him to withdraw. He was last seen at a medical aid station which was subsequently captured by the enemy. By his superb courage, inspiring leadership, and indomitable fighting spirit, 1st Lt. Leonard enabled our forces to hold off the enemy attack and was personally responsible for the direction of fire which destroyed 6 German tanks". His Medal was posthumously awarded to him on September 1, 1945.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Turney White Leonard (18 Jun 1921–7 Nov 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9811, citing Grove Hill Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .