James Leonard Jr.
1928 - 1950
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Pfc. James J. Leonard, Jr.

Pfc. James J. Leonard, Jr. born May 27, 1928 to James and Marguerite Leonard in San Francisco. James was a musician playing the trumpet at Polytechnic High School in San Francisco before joining the United States Army. He served as PFC stationed in Japan in the Army Band before being assigned to South Korea. He fought in the Battle at Yongdong South Korea where he was killed in action on July 25, 1950. His remains were recently discovered and he will be given a military burial and buried alongside his parents and sister, Eleanor. He is survived by many cousins from the Leonard, Hart and O'Connell families.
Visitation will be Tuesday, 1/23/18 from 10:00am at Duggan's Serra Mortuary, 500 Westlake Ave. Daly City. Interment will follow at 11:00am at Holy Cross Cemetery, 1500 Mission Rd. Colma.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jan. 19 to Jan. 21, 2018.
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January 23, 2018
As a member of the San Francisco Sheriff's Dept. Honor Guard, I met the funeral escort at Duggan's Mortuary and helped honor PFC Leonard's arrival. He was escorted by Daly City PD and a large number of motorcycle escorts from Warrior Watch, who all honored his arrival with U.S. flags, salutes, and a dignified procession into Duggan's.

The U.S. Army escort, Sgt. Alvin Givens, faithfully accompanied the remains all the way from Hawaii to SFO. He executed his solemn duty with precision and compassion. Well done.

My father, 1st Marines, was heavily WIA after Inchon. He made it home. Welcome home, PFC Leonard. We've missed you.
Sgt. James Dolly
January 22, 2018
Thank you Pfc. Leonard for your brave sacrifice in helping So. Korea remain free until the present day and serving in the Korean War Theatre 1950 with my father Major John F. Dillon, US Army Artillery.
John Dillon
January 19, 2018
My name is Diane Mayberry, I live in Gilbert, Arizona. I heard about the soldiers remains being returned after all these years, but I never heard his name. I just heard from my brother Tom Westrup about who the soldier is.Small world, my grandmother lived down the hill from Margarete & Jim. Frances (DeeDee) as we called her.My parents were Jack & Kathleen Westrup. Tom & I were pretty young but I remember Jim talking about him.We loved playing in Et & Jims yard & her upstairs bedroom.I would like to send condolences to the Leonards & wonder if any of them remember tommy or Diane.My grandmother was Margaretes sister. Happy he is back to his homeland after all this time.
January 19, 2018
Thank you for your brave service Private James J Leonard Jr. we are proud of your bravery. Gods Speed
A Polytechnic High School Alumni
Susan Fox-Gonzales
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