Mendonca, Leroy Anthony, Sgt

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Last Rank
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Last Primary MOS
4745-Light Weapons Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1951-1951, 4745, 3rd Infantry Division
Service Years
1950 - 1951


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Casualty Date
Jul 04, 1951
Hostile, Died
Unknown, Not Reported
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section Q, Grave 1408

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 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1951, Korean War Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment3rd Infantry Division
  1951-1951, 4745, 1st Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment
  1951-1951, 4745, 3rd Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
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Last Known Activity

Leroy A. Mendonca was a soldier in the United States Army during the Korean War. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions on July 4, 1951.

Early life Leroy was born in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, on 2 August 1932, and is of Filipino and Portuguese ethnicity. While attending President William McKinley High School, he was a AJROTC cadet, and graduated in 1950.

Medal of Honor citationRank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company B, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division

Place and date: Near Chich-on, Korea, July 4, 1951

Entered service at: Honolulu, T.H. Birth: Honolulu, T.H.

G.O. No.: 83, September 3, 1952


Sgt. LeRoy A. Mendonca, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. After his platoon, in an exhaustive fight, had captured Hill 586, the newly won positions were assaulted during the night by a numerically superior enemy force. When the 1st Platoon positions were outflanked and under great pressure and the platoon was ordered to withdraw to a secondary line of defense, Sgt. Mendonca voluntarily remained in an exposed position and covered the platoon's withdrawal. Although under murderous enemy fire, he fired his weapon and hurled grenades at the onrushing enemy until his supply of ammunition was exhausted. He fought on, clubbing with his rifle and using his bayonet until he was mortally wounded. After the action it was estimated that Sgt. Mendonca had accounted for 37 enemy casualties. His daring actions stalled the crushing assault, protecting the platoon's withdrawal to secondary positions, and enabling the entire unit to repel the enemy attack and retain possession of the vital hilltop position. Sgt. Mendonca's extraordinary gallantry and exemplary valor are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.

HonorsIn 2001, the Bob Hope-class roll on roll off vehicle cargo ship USNS Mendonca was commissioned in the Military Sealift Command, and named in honor of Sergeant Mendonca.

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