Medal of Honor

 

 

LEISY, ROBERT RONALD *

 

Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Infantry, Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division

 

Place and date: Phuoc Long Province, Republic of Vietnam, 2 December 1969

 

Entered service at: Seattle, Washington

 

Born: 1 March 1945, Stockton, California

 

Citation:

 

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 2nd Lt. Leisy, Infantry, Company B, distinguished himself while serving as platoon leader during a reconnaissance mission. One of his patrols became heavily engaged by fire from a numerically superior enemy force located in a well entrenched bunker complex. As 2nd Lt. Leisy deployed the remainder of his platoon to rescue the beleaguered patrol, The platoon also came under intense enemy fire from the front and both flanks. In complete disregard for his safety, 2nd Lt. Leisy moved from position to position deploying his men to effectively engage the enemy. Accompanied by his radio operator he moved to the front and spotted an enemy sniper in a tree in the act of firing a rocket-propelled grenade at them. Realizing there was neither time to escape the grenade nor shout a warning, 2nd Lt. Leisy Unhesitatingly, and with full knowledge of the consequences, shielded the radio operator with his body and absorbed the full impact of the explosion. This valorous act saved the life of the radio operator and protected other men of his platoon who were nearby from serious injury. Despite his mortal wounds, 2nd Lt. Leisy calmly and confidently continued to direct the platoon's fire. When medical aid arrived, 2nd Lt. Leisy valiantly refused attention until the other seriously wounded were treated. His display of extraordinary courage and exemplary devotion to duty provided the inspiration and leadership that enabled his platoon to successfully withdraw without further casualties. 2nd Lt. Leisy's gallantry at the cost of his life are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.


 

--- General / Personal ---

 

Last name: LEISY

First name: ROBERT RONALD

Home of Record (official): SEATTLE

State (official): WA

Date of Birth: Thursday, March 1, 1945

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single

 

--- Military ---

 

Branch: Army

Rank: 2LT

Serial Number: 532446403

Component: Reserve

Pay grade: O1

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 1542

 

--- Action ---

 

Start of Tour: Wednesday, September 24, 1969

Date of Casualty: Tuesday, December 2, 1969

Age at time of loss: 24

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Phuoc Long

The Wall: Panel 15W - Row 018

 


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