Allison, Leslie Armstrong, LTC

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Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1560-Infantry Unit Commander (Mechanized)
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 1203, 23rd Tank Battalion
Service Years
1939 - 1944


Lieutenant Colonel

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Casualty Date
Sep 10, 1944
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

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7th Armored Division23rd Tank Battalion
  1942-1944, 7th Armored Division
  1944-1944, 1203, 23rd Tank Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
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University of KentuckyUniversity of Kentucky
  1936-1939, University of Kentucky
  1939-1942, University of Kentucky
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This information has been provided by his loving relatives, Carrie Eldridge and Judy Clark Johnson. Thank you for providing this remembrance.

Leslie Armstrong Allison was born 13 June 1917 near Saltwell, Nicholas County, Kentucky. the son of Earl Armstong & Gerturde (Thomas) Allison. He married Mary Jane Sales 16 March 1942, and had one daughter, Susanne, born in 1943. 

He graduated from Paris High School in 1935, and earned an AB degree at the University of Kentucky in 1939 and a Masters Degree at the Universtiy of Kentucky in History & Poltical Science 1942, Phi Beta Kappa (Scholastic), Phi Alpha Theta (History).

He taught military history at the University of Kentucky from August 1940 until April 1942.

In April 1942, he reported for active duty at Camp Polk, Lousianna as a Lieutenant. He was promoted to Captain in April 1943. He went to California - as a major and battalion commander in desert training in August 1943. He then reported to Fort Benning, Georgia for Battalion Commander School in June 1944 and then overseas to England on August 17, 1944.

He led US troops (23 Armed Battilion) into Chartres - "Here's to my Paris address - the one in Kentucky - may I soon be receiving my mail there." He was involved in a five hour street fight where he received the SILVER STAR six days before his death from the Major General of 7th Armored Div. He also received the French -CROIX de GUERRE with Palm.

He died 16 September 1944 from wounds received on 10 September 1944.

I have been told he was with Patton on the Arden when he received a chest wound and died of pneumonia. I have also been told his picture is over the door in place of honor at the Division Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

MAJOR, United States Army
DATE OF DEATH: 09/16/1944



 Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Leslie Allison, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 23d Armored Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division, in action in France, from 16 - 18 August 1944.

Lieutenant Colonel Allison's gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, 7th Armored Division, General Orders No. 37 (September 4, 1944)
Action Date: August 16 - 18, 1944
Service: Army
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Battalion: 23d Armored Infantry Battalion
Division: 7th Armored Division
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