Higdon, Leonard Thomas, CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 101st Airborne Division
Service Years
1965 - 1970



Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ft Benning
Last Address
Ft Benning

Woodhaven Memorial Gardens
Claxton (Anderson County)
Anderson County
Tennessee, USA

Casualty Date
May 21, 1970
Hostile, Died
Not Specified
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Woodhaven Memorial Gardens - Claxton, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
10W 075

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
1st Cavalry Division1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne Division
  1968-1968, 1st Cavalry Division/HHC
  1970-1970, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment
  1970-1970, 101st Airborne Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
 Colleges Attended 
Middle Tennessee State University
  1962-1963, Carson-Newman College
  1963-1965, Middle Tennessee State University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Captain Higdon was the commander of Company E, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) at the time of his death on Thursday, May 21, 1970. He was KIA on Fire Support Base Bastogne (Thua Thien Province) during a mortar attack. The report received at the company orderly (if memory serves me correctly) was that he was the victim of a single mortar round lobbed onto the firebase by the enemy.

Captain Higdon was 25 at the time of his death, being born on September 20th, 1944, in Monroe County, Alabama. This was his second tour in Vietnam, the first having been served with the 1st Cavalry Division. He had arrived in-country for this tour on February 13th, 1970.

Captain Higdon was a 1962 graduate of Powell High School, Knoxville, TN, and attended Middle Tennessee State University and Carson-Newman College. He was survived by his wife Sandra Kay (Golden), three children, Leonard, Melissa, and Charles, his parents Leonard and Nettie Higdon, one sister, Bonnie (Higdon) Atkins, and two brothers, Charles P. and Walter Q. Higdon.

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