Resolution J3830-2013

Paying tribute to the memory of Staff Sergeant William F. Leonard, United States Army, upon the occasion of his posthumous designation as recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor

Details

Actions

  • Mar 11, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Mar 11, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 5, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

Text

LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  paying  tribute to the memory of Staff Sergeant
William F. Leonard, United States Army, upon the occasion of his posthu-
mous designation as recipient of the Medal of Honor

WHEREAS, Members of the Armed Forces, who have served so  valiantly  and
honorably in wars in which our Nation's freedom was at stake, and during
which the United States proudly stood as a defender of liberty and human
dignity, deserve a special salute from this Legislative Body; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to pay  trib-
ute  to  the  memory of Staff Sergeant William F. Leonard, United States
Army, upon the occasion of his posthumous designation  as  recipient  of
the  Medal of Honor; this meritorious honor will be presented at a White
House ceremony on Tuesday, March 18, 2014; and
  WHEREAS, The Medal of Honor is the highest military medal bestowed  by
the  United  States;  it is awarded for valor in action against an enemy
force; and
  WHEREAS, Pfc. William F. Leonard, of  Lockport,  New  York,  is  being
recognized for his valorous actions during World War II while serving as
a  squad leader with Company C, 30th Infantry, on November 7, 1944, near
St. Die, France; and
  WHEREAS, On that fateful day, William F. Leonard's platoon was in  the
middle of a vicious firefight with Nazi forces, and reduced to eight men
by  blistering  artillery,  mortar,  machine-gun,  and rifle power; this
brave soldier and leader led the survivors in an assault  over  a  tree-
and-shrub-covered hill, continuously swept by automatic fire; and
  WHEREAS,  William F. Leonard killed two snipers at ranges of 50 and 75
yards and, disregarding the bullets that pierced his  back,  he  engaged
and  destroyed a heavy machine gun with rifle grenades, killing its two-
man crew; and
  WHEREAS, Although he was stunned by an  exploding  bazooka  shell,  he
continued  his  relentless advance to knock out a second machine-gun and
capture the roadblock objective; and
  WHEREAS, William F. Leonard left the United States Army with the  rank
of  staff sergeant and, after his service, returned to Lockport where he
worked in the auto industry and as a butcher before retiring  from  work
at a radiator company; he died in 1985 at the age of 71; and
  WHEREAS,  A  truly  valiant soldier, Staff Sergeant William F. Leonard
received the Distinguished Service Cross, which will be upgraded to  the
Medal of Honor, the Bronze Star Medal, the European-African-Middle East-
ern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star, the World War II Victo-
ry  Medal,  the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Honorable Service Lapel
Button-World War II; and
  WHEREAS, The banner of  freedom  will  always  wave  over  this  great
Nation, the land of the free and the home of the brave; and
  WHEREAS,  The  freedoms and security we cherish as Americans come at a
very high price for those serving in the military in times of  conflict;
it  is fitting and proper that we who are the beneficiaries of those who
risk their lives, leaving their families behind,  express  our  appreci-
ation  and  eternal  gratitude for their sacrifices and courageous acts;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Staff  Sergeant  William  F Leonard, United States Army, upon the
occasion of his posthumous designation as  recipient  of  the  Medal  of
Honor,  and  to pay tribute to him for his courageous actions; and be it
further

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Staff Sergeant William F. Leonard.

Comments

Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the nysenate.gov domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.

Discuss!

blog comments powered by Disqus