Leslie Halasz Sabo, Jr

Army of the United States
23 February 1948 - 10 May 1970
Ellwood City, Pennsylvania
Panel 10W Line 015

Medal of Honor
Combat Infantry

Bronze Star (Merit), Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Leslie Halasz Sabo, Jr

24 Feb 2002

It may sound strange, but I do remember the party my family had for my uncle Leslie right before he went to Viet Nam. I was only 5 years old but I still can remember seeing him in that uniform. Although I couldn't understand what was happening, I knew even then that he was somebody special. Now that I'm older and have since learned more about the type of man he was, I couldn't be more proud to be his nephew. He is a hero to me. And although there is nothing I could possibly do to live up to what he has already done, I want him to know that his heroics have not gone unnoticed, and that he will never be forgotten.

From his nephew,
Mike Sabo

01 Feb 2004

It is an honor for me to display his picture.
I would love to hear from anyone who knew my husband.

Rose Mary Sabo Brown

11 Sep 2004

On Monday Sept. 13, it would have been 35 years that we were married. Happy Anniversary, Leslie, I'm sure they would have been very happy for us. I will love you until the day I die.

From your wife,
Rose Mary

17 Sep 2007

I am very proud to say that my husband Leslie H Sabo Jr. is up for the Medal of Honor. Thanks to the hard work of George Koziol and all the men of the 3/506th. It is now in the hands of the Senate and we should know by the end of the year. I love you Leslie and I hope and pray you get what you deserve.

From his wife,
Rose Mary Sabo Brown
E-Mail will be forwarded by the

29 Dec 2004


From Leslie Sabo's fellow grunt,
Richard S. Rios

23 Oct 2007

To a friend I met in Vietnam and a hero who died in Cambodia on May 10,1970. Les gave his life so the rest of us could live. I was young and just turned 19 the day before but learned what a hero Les was. I've never forgotten what he did on the battlefield we shared. A Currahee and a fellow soldier who was close by when Les died and never forgot Les.

From a friend,
Rick Brown

17 Mar 2008

From a friend that was with you that day.
Soon you will be honored with the Medal of Honor.

Rick Brown
15634 West River Road, Columbia Station, Ohio 44028

21 Feb 2008

Les was the older brother I never had and he treated me just that way. I went to him for advice and guidance because we were like brothers and nothing else. Thank you, Les, for being there for me then and now.

Love, Butch

Butch Buccelli

Notes from The Virtual Wall

3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry participated in Operation Binh Tay I in the border area of Cambodia during the period 05 through 18 May 1970:
"On 10 May Bravo Company engaged the largest enemy force of the Cambodian campaign for the 3-506 in a struggle that lasted nearly two days. The day started for B Company when it discovered a hospital complex with numerous hootches and a multitude of food stuff and 2 tons of rice. At 1113H, YA458540 light contact was made with a unknown size force and negative results for B Company elements. The unit moved forward, aware that the enemy was in the area in strength.

"The first platoon was left as a reserve force while the second and third platoons with the CP moved cautiously forward. At vic YA458540 1515H an estimated battalion of concealed NVA opened up on the two Bravo platoons. The Bravo units returned fire and maneuvered for cover. Several assaults on enemy fortified positions and numerous acts of individual heroism resulted in establishing a hasty defensive position. From this posture air strikes and gunships were employed along with organic artillery support. By dark the company began to run dangerously short of ammunition, and the first platoon in a courageous assault broke through encircling NVA to bring reinforcements and resupply for their strategically engaged comrades.

"On 11 May D Company linked up with B Company at YA453540 and secured an LZ for extraction of Bravo to FSB Currahee. The unit had sustained 8 killed and 28 wounded while fighting off the massed attacks of two NVA companies."

From the
506th Infantry site

The eight men who died in the actions on 10 May were
  • Lawrence N. De Boer, Grand Rapids, MI
  • James E. Debrew, Whitakers, NC
  • Frederick W. Harms, Peoria, IL
  • Thomas B. Merriman, Paulding, OH
  • Ernest L. Moore, Spring Lake, MI
  • Leslie H. Sabo, Ellwood City, PA
  • Donald W. Smith, Rantoul, IL
  • Leslie J. Wilbanks, Gila Bend, AZ

(a) Authorization- Notwithstanding the time limitations specified in section 3744 of title 10, United States Code, or any other time limitation with respect to the awarding of certain medals to persons who served in the Armed Forces, the President is authorized and requested to award the Medal of Honor under section 3741 of such title to Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., for the acts of valor during the Vietnam War described in subsection (b).
(b) Acts of Valor Described- The acts of valor referred to in subsection (a) are the actions of Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., on May 10, 1970, as a member of the United States Army serving in the grade of Specialist Four in the Republic of Vietnam with Company B of the 3d Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.

H.R. 4986: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008

Fallen EC veteran may receive Medal of Honor
Eric Poole, Ledger Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With the award of this nation's highest military decoration Monday to the family of Korean War veteran Woodrow Keeble, an Ellwood City man could be next on the list of war heroes to be honored by President Bush.

Sgt. Leslie H. Sabo Jr., who was killed during the Vietnam War on May 10, 1970, was included along with Keeble and three other men in the 2008 fiscal year U.S. Defense Authorization Act, which the president signed into law earlier this year.

The authorization act waived a time limitation for awarding the Medal of Honor to Sabo, Keeble, Korean War veteran Henry Svehla, and Civil War soldiers Philip Shadrach and George Wilson.

According to eyewitness accounts, Sabo singlehandedly prevented two U.S. Army platoons, about 80 soldiers, from being surrounded by a numerically superior North Vietnamese force.

Sabo also reportedly used his body to shield another soldier from a grenade blast and ultimately died while providing covering fire for a helicopter evacuating two injured soldiers.

At the time of his death, Sabo's rank was specialist, but he was posthumously promoted two ranks to sergeant. [sic; one rank]

Copyright 2008 Ellwood City, PA LEDGER
Reproduced under 17 USC 107

23 Apr 2012

Medal of Honor

President Obama will present the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Sabo's family on 16 May 2012.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his wife,
Rose Mary Sabo Brown
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 24 Feb 2002
Last updated 04/23/2012