Robert Ronald Leisy

Second Lieutenant
Army of the United States
01 March 1945 - 02 December 1969
Seattle, Washington
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Medal of Honor

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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31 Dec 2007

Beannacht De'Jeat - LT. Leisy, you went to the sound of the guns. Honor and respect are yours forever...

From your OCS 3-69 Company Commander 1 Feb-69...
Slainte to you for your total leadership.

Major Thomas J. Smith
(U. S. Army Ret.)

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The President of the United States
in the name of the Congress of the United States takes pride in presenting the


posthumously to

Second Lieutenant
Army of the United States

for service as set forth in the following


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 2nd Lt. Leisy, Infantry, Company B, distinguished himself while serving as platoon leader during a reconnaissance mission. One of his patrols became heavily engaged by fire from a numerically superior enemy force located in a well entrenched bunker complex. As 2nd Lt. Leisy deployed the remainder of his platoon to rescue the beleaguered patrol, The platoon also came under intense enemy fire from the front and both flanks. In complete disregard for his safety, 2nd Lt. Leisy moved from position to position deploying his men to effectively engage the enemy. Accompanied by his radio operator he moved to the front and spotted an enemy sniper in a tree in the act of firing a rocket-propelled grenade at them. Realizing there was neither time to escape the grenade nor shout a warning, 2nd Lt. Leisy Unhesitatingly, and with full knowledge of the consequences, shielded the radio operator with his body and absorbed the full impact of the explosion. This valorous act saved the life of the radio operator and protected other men of his platoon who were nearby from serious injury. Despite his mortal wounds, 2nd Lt. Leisy calmly and confidently continued to direct the platoon's fire. When medical aid arrived, 2nd Lt. Leisy valiantly refused attention until the other seriously wounded were treated. His display of extraordinary courage and exemplary devotion to duty provided the inspiration and leadership that enabled his platoon to successfully withdraw without further casualties. 2nd Lt. Leisy's gallantry at the cost of his life are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

Bravo Company, 1/8th Cav, lost four men when the company engaged about 150 NVA regulars during a search and destroy mission about 14 kilometers northwest of Song Be in Phuoc Long Province. Fourteen others required medevac.

  • 2LT Robert R. Leisy, Seattle, WA (Medal of Honor)
  • PFC Robert L. Dalton, Eagle Mountain, CA (Bronze Star "V")
  • PFC Darnell Mister, Gary, IN
  • PFC Alfred Pickard, Houston, TX (Dist Svc Cross)
Additional details are available on the
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Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle, Washington

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 31 Dec 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009