Kent Alan Leonard

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
22 June 1948 - 24 April 1967
Mesilla Park, New Mexico
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Kent Alan Leonard

21 Feb 2007

I went to High School with Kent. We joined the Marine Corps at the same time. He was a very nice guy and we were all shocked that he was killed.

I wanted him to be remembered.

From a friend,
Ron Taylor

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 24 Apr 1967, two platoons from Bravo 1/9 Marines were directed to investigate several cave sites on Hill 861, some five miles northwest of the Khe Sanh Combat Base. The B/1/9 patrol engaged a large enemy force north of Hill 861, thereby prematurely triggering an attack on the combat base. The "Hill Fights" of 1967 had begun. Fourteen men men were killed in the engagement, 13 from Bravo Company, 1/9 Marines:
  • A Co, 3rd Antitank Bn:
    • 1stLt Philip H. Sauer, Coronado, CA

  • B Co, 1st Bn, 9th Marines:
    • Cpl James G. Pomerleau, Waterville, ME
    • LCpl Ronald L. Barber, Umatilla, OR
    • LCpl Wayne R. Barth, Lodi, CA
    • LCpl Justino E. Castro-Ramos, Ponce, PR
    • LCpl Daniel T. Perez, New York, NY
    • LCpl Jack L. Sutton, Crossville, TN
    • LCpl Robert M. Wainz, Freeport, NY
    • Pfc Ralph W. Carter, Chicago, IL
    • Pfc Raul Casarez, Malinta, OH
    • Pfc Douglas B. Hamilton, Springfield, MO
    • Pfc Daniel J. Heffernan, Chicago, IL
    • Pfc Kent A. Leonard, Mesilla Park, NM
    • Pfc Raymond L. Twomey, Miami, FL
There is a fairly detailed description of the events in Ray Stubbe's compilation of official records and personal naratives of those involved.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 21 Feb 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009