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In honor of SPC Alex Leonard (retired), Army - Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom
Hometown: Billings, MT (born in Minneapolis)
(Submitted September 8, 2008 by Kathy Baufield)

My nephew, Alex Leonard, served with the 101st Airborne as they invaded Iraq.  The Humvee Alex was driving was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device. Alex's right leg was blown off, but he remained conscious, rolled himself out of his vehicle, and attempted to return fire, only to discover that the barrel of his firearm was bent at an ugly angle, having been resting against his leg when he was hit. Alex tried to calm those who were treating him and transporting him to the field hospital, remaining conscious throughout.  He was only 20 years old at the time.  Alex lost his right leg above the knee, and has since lost his left leg below the knee, as well. He is the bravest, strongest person I know.  


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