Leonard E. Scott

Medal_of_Honor_ribbon-131x37Distinguished Service Cross
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  • Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
  • Place and date: Near Gela, Sicily, 11 July 1943
  • G.O. No.: HQ, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 16 (1944)

Citation: Second Lieutenant Leonard E. Scott, O1294542, Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action on 11 July 1943, in Sicily. When the enemy hurled an attack of 30 to 40 tanks against the recently established beachhead, Lieutenant Scott, together with several other officers and men, became separated from his organization. He then fearlessly left a concealed position and made his way over hundreds of yards of heavily shelled terrain in the path of the approaching tanks to reach an abandoned anti-tank gun. Lieutenant Scott remained at this position engaging the enemy until he was seriously wounded. Lieutenant Scott’s devotion to duty and heroism materially contributed to the defeat of the enemy forces and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army. Entered military service from Oregon.

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