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Another World War II combat veteran has passed away. Leslie Arthur Newman, Jr., born in Riesel, Texas on July 5, 1921, passed away in Austin, Texas on November 27, 2012. Les graduated from Jefferson High School in San Antonio, Texas in 1938 and Texas A&M in 1942. On the same day that he graduated from college, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army and married his high school sweetheart, Sybil Rollett. Les was an officer in the 61st Field Artillery Battalion, of the 1st Cavalry Division and participated in combat in both the Admiralty and Philippine Islands during the war. He was also part of the 1st Cavalry's initial occupation of Japan on September 2, 1945. Among a number of awards, Les received the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his war service in the Pacific. After World War II, Les remained in the Army Reserves until his retirement as a Colonel. Les lived in San Antonio for almost 60 years and for many of them he worked for the Ziegler Glass Company where he retired as Vice-President. He moved to Austin, Texas in 2002 and became an expert model ship builder. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and playing contract bridge. He was dearly loved by many people and will be greatly missed. Les was preceded in death by Sybil, his wife of 60 years, and a daughter, Shelley. He is survived by two other daughters, Sybil Raney and Lorraine Newman; a son William Newman; three grandchildren, Susannah Broyles, David Broyles, and Jordan Newman; niece Kristin Newman; and brother Russ Newman. A graveside service with full military honors will take place on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 10:45 am at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach, San Antonio, Tx, 78209. Condolences may be offered at www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com
Published in Express-News on Dec. 2, 2012