The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes Pride in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*LEONARD, WILLIAM F.
Rank and organization:
Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: St. Die, France,
7 November 1944. Entered service at: Lockport, New York. Born:
9 August 1913, Lockport, New York.
For acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Squad Leader in Company C, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy near St. Die, France on 7 November 1944. Private First Class Leonards platoon was reduced to eight men as a result of blistering artillery, mortar, machinegun, and rifle fire. Private First Class Leonard led the survivors in an assault over a hill covered by trees and shrubs which the enemy continuously swept with automatic weapons fire. Ignoring bullets which pierced his pack, Private First Class Leonard killed two snipers at ranges of fifty and seventy-five yards and engaged and destroyed a machinegun nest with grenades, killing its two-man crew. Though momentarily stunned by an exploding bazooka shell, Private First Class Leonard relentlessly advanced, ultimately knocking out a second machinegun nest and capturing the roadblock objective. Private First Class Leonards extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.