Vet is third Medal of Honor hero from Lockport


LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York soldier posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on Tuesday is the third man from his hometown to receive the nation’s highest military decoration for bravery.

The late Staff Sgt. William F. Leonard of Lockport in Niagara County is one of 24 Army veterans who belatedly received the medal from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House.

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Leonard was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroics during a World War II battle in France in November 1944. He died in 1985.

Daughters Rosemary McQueen and Patricia Kennedy, both of Lockport, and Carol Maxey of Dry Prong, La., attended the ceremony.

Niagara County’s historian says the other two Medal of Honor recipients from Lockport are Civil War sailor Michael Huskey and Frank Gaffney, who fought in World War I. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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