Brostrom, Leonard C., PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1944, 745, 2nd Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1942 - 1944

Private First Class



Three Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Idaho
Idaho
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Preston
Last Address
Los Angeles, California

Casualty Date
Oct 28, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Philippines
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Preston Cemetery - Preston, Idaho
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Block 1, lot 18

 Official Badges 

7th Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenCongressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of HonorThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  1944, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1944, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1944, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Rifle

 
 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment
  1942-1944, 745, 2nd Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Aleutian Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Attu
  1943-1943 Aleutian Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Landing of Kiska Island 15 to 16 Aug 1943
  1944-1944 Operation Flintlock/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll
  1944-1944 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944-45)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

PFC Leonard Brostrom was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor

ON 16 March 1942, he enlisted in the Army at Fort Douglas, Utah after completing his service with the LDS mission.

He served in combart in the Aleutian Islands, at Attu in May 1943 with the 17th Infantry Regiment.  Then invaded the Kwalalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
In October 1944, invaded the Philippine Islands at Leyte Island.



He was awarded his medal posthumously for action at Dagami, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on October 28, 1944, during World War II. 

   
Comments/Citation
Medal of Honor

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 104 (November 15, 1945)
Action Date: 28-Oct-44
Service: Army
Rank: Private First Class
Company: Company F Regiment: 17th Infantry Regiment
Division: 7th Infantry Division

Citation:

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Private First Class Leonard C. Brostrom, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action as a rifleman with an assault platoon of Company F, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, which ran into powerful resistance near Dagami, Leyte, Philippine Islands, on 28 October 1944.

From pillboxes, trenches, and spider holes, so well camouflaged that they could be detected at no more than 20 yards, the enemy poured machinegun and rifle fire, causing severe casualties in the platoon. Realizing that a key pillbox in the center of the strong point would have to be knocked out if the company were to advance, Private First Class Brostrom, without orders and completely ignoring his own safety, ran forward to attack the pillbox with grenades. He immediately became the prime target for all the riflemen in the area, as he rushed to the rear of the pillbox and tossed grenades through the entrance. Six enemy soldiers left a trench in a bayonet charge against the heroic American, but he killed one and drove the others off with rifle fire.

As he threw more grenades from his completely exposed position he was wounded several times in the abdomen and knocked to the ground. Although suffering intense pain and rapidly weakening from loss of blood, he slowly rose to his feet and once more hurled his deadly missiles at the pillbox. As he collapsed, the enemy began fleeing from the fortification and were killed by riflemen of his platoon.

Private First Class Brostrom died while being carried from the battlefield, but his intrepidity and unhesitating willingness to sacrifice himself in a one-man attack against overwhelming odds enabled his company to reorganize against attack, and annihilate the entire enemy position
   
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