No. 5727 Class of April, 1917. Captain Leonard was in the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives. It was in the latter near Romagne, France, that he was killed by a high explosive shell, while successfully leading his company in the attack on German positions, of October 14, 1918. Aged 23 years.
Captain Edward W. Leonard, 6th Infantry, U. S. A., was killed in action on October 14, 1918, at Romagne, France. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. William Leonard of Grand Rapids, Michigan, his sister, Elizabeth, and three brothers, Luke, Lawrence and Michael Leonard.
Captain Leonard was born at Grand Rapids, Michigan, February 8, 1895. In 1908 he entered the Catholic Central High School of Grand Rapids, graduating from that school in 1912.
After a competitive examination, Leonard was appointed to the U. S. M. A. in 1912, and entered the Academy June 14, 1913. He graduated April 20, 1917, and was assigned to the 6th Infantry at Chicamauga Park, Tenn. A few days after joining his regiment, Captain Leonard was placed in command of a company, continuing in that capacity until his death. He was promoted to the grade of First Lieutenant on May 15, 1917, and received his Captaincy in 1917.
Leonard was an honor graduate of the 2nd Corps Infantry Officers’ School at Chattillion Sur-Seine, France.
During his cadet days Captain Leoffard was always very quiet. He read a great deal (about three times as much as the average cadet), being very interested in poetry and the modern drama. To those who knew him well, Leonard was an ideal friend, loyal and unselfish. He was a man of sound judgment and firm action; and yet when the opportunity arose he always enlivened his friends with his keen dry humor.
Captain Leonard was in the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives. It was in the latter near Romagne, France, that he was killed by a high explosive shell, while successfully leading his company (one of the attacking companies) in the attack on German positions, of October 14, 1918.
Captain Leonard was true to the motto of our Academy to the last. We have lost an excellent officer.
(Major C. of E., 602nd Engineers.)
Colonel Leonard writes of Leonard and “Daves Rossell”
“They were classmates at West Point and they are classmates in heaven. Men like Savvy and E. W. Leonard never die.”