Leonard, James William, Pvt

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary MOS
657-Medical Aidman
Last MOS Group
Medical Department (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, HHC, 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1943 - 1944


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
San Francisco

Casualty Date
Dec 19, 1944
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Not Specified
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

 Unofficial Badges 

Gold Star

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment
  1943-1944, HHC, 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II1
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Southern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Pvt Leonard enlisted in the Army in Contra Costa County,  California on 27 May 1943. He served as a Medic with the Medical Detachment, H Company, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry DIvision. His unit landed in Southern France in August 1944, crossing into Germany in December 1944. (He may have served with the unit in Italy prior to landing in France.)

He was killed in aciton on 19 December 1944 near Bundenthal, Germany where his unit had been assigned in capturing the towns of Bundenthal and Nieder-Schlettenbach, and the high ground around them.

He was buried by German civillians in a civillian cemetery alongside 5 other soldiers in the back of the cemetery with crosses, though without inscriptions. He was buried with Pfc. Eldred E. Williams, Pvt Milstead, Pvt. Camick, and two unknow soldiers, Unk. X-219, Unk. X-220.

Unk. X-219 and Unk. X-220 may have been the two platoon commanders1st. Lt. Hermes Clark and 2nd Lt. William Sheard from G Company, 157th who were killed along with several men when the Germans counter attacked them.

He was re-interred in Hillside/Virginia City Cemetery, Virginia City, Montana in 1949.
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