Alvarado, Leonard Louis, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 11B20, 1st Cavalry Division
Service Years
1968 - 1969

Specialist 4

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bakersfield, CA
Last Address
Bakersfield, CA

Casualty Date
Aug 12, 1969
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Phuoc Long (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Greenlawn Memorial Park - Bakersfield, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
19W 007 / Holy Cross Section, Lot D, Block 64

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialMedal of Honor RecipientsThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Auto Rifle
Machine Gun

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry (Airmobile)1st Cavalry Division
  1969-1969, 11B20, D Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry (Airmobile)
  1969-1969, 11B20, 1st Cavalry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

  • On 12 August 1969 D Company, 2/12th Cavalry, lost four men in the vicinity of Duc Phong, about 26 kilometers east-southeast of Song Be city:

    • SP4 Leonard L. Alvarado, Bakersfield, CA (Dist Svc Cross)

    • SP4 John M. Mahoney, Bakerton, WV

    • PFC Larry D. Garner, Sunset, UT

    • PFC Richard L. Hardesty, Vernon, IN

    The Citation to SP4 Alvarado's DSC says the four men were part of a reaction force moving to assist another platoon in contact, while other sources note the Duc Phong airfield, also known as Landing Zone CALDWELL, came under attack on 12 August. Note: Upgraded to the MOH.


Medal of Honor nominee Leonard Alvarado was born in Bakersfield, Calif., Feb. 13, 1947. He enlisted in the U. S. Army, July 25, 1968.

Alvarado distinguished himself on Aug. 12, 1969, while serving as a rifleman during a mission to relieve a sister platoon, in Phuoc Long Province, Vietnam. Alvarado was killed in action after disrupting an enemy raid and saving the lives of several comrades.

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Alvarado received the Distinguished Service Cross (this award will be upgraded to the Medal of Honor on Mar. 18), Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with "60" Device, Valorous Unit Award, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm Device, Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal Unit Citation First Class, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Expert Marksmanship Badge with Rifle, Auto Rifle and Machine-Gun Bars.

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