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In honor of Leonard Riley, Army - Served in World War II
Hometown: Denison, Texas
(Submitted November 4, 2008 by Cindy Fredrickson)

Leonard Riley is one of the bravest people I know.  He served in WWII as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne.  He jumped behind enemy lines into Normandy. He had many narrow escapes.  Some he speaks of, others he never mentions. He has shared some war stories with his two grandsons, who are now the same ages he was when he enlisted and when he left the military after the War was over. It is hard for him to realize that these boys, who mean so much to him, could be in the same situation that he was in with just a slight change in circumstance. He was young and invincible and feared nothing then. But, now he can spend time worrying about his grandson's everyday travels and activities. Time has changed his perspective on many things. One thing that is very clear to my family is that we are extremely proud of his service, his continuing dedication to honoring his flag and country and his certainty in that he did the right thing at that particular time.

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