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Today in Aggie History, Oct. 24: 1st Lt. Turney Leonard's Medal of Honor presented to his mother

Today in Aggie History, Oct. 24: 1st Lt. Turney Leonard's Medal of Honor presented to his mother

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Turney Leonard

First Lt. Turney White Leonard, class of 1942, a Medal of Honor recipient.

Oct. 24, 1945: 1st Lt. Turney Leonard's Medal of Honor was presented to his mother, Lilly, in Dallas. Leonard graduated from Texas A&M University in 1942 with a degree in agricultural administration. He was commissioned into the Army after graduation and was killed in action Nov. 6, 1944, near the German-Belgian border during World War II. Leonard was given the Medal of Honor for "his superb courage, inspiring leadership and indomitable fighting spirit," according to the citation.

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