VIETNAM - TEDESCO, LEONARD VITO

Tedesco, Leonard Vito

VIETNAM - TEDESCO, LEONARD VITO
TEDESCO, LEONARD VITO

Rank: Private First Class

Unit: K Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Note: Operation Akron

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 21-Mar-1946

Hometown: Akron, Ohio

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Start of tour: 23-Aug-1966

Incident date: 19-Jun-1967

Date of casualty: 19-Jun-1967

Age at death: 21

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
Leonard Vito Tedesco was on a combat operation when engaged in firefight with hostile force.

Ten Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
SP4 Raymond Desmond Crowder Jr
SP4 William Jerry Dillon
PFC Edward Lee Fails Jr
SP4 Russell Louis Filiberti
SP4 Blaine Wilson Landers
PFC Bobby Louis Murphy
PFC Charles Howard Richards Jr
SSG Wayne Thomas Schumacher
SP5 William Norman Scott
PFC Leonard Vito Tedesco

Location of fatality: Phuoc Tuy, South Vietnam, Slope 30

Place of interment: White Chapel Memorial Park, Feasterville, Pennsylvania, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 22E 021 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS LEONARD VITO TEDESCO
19 JUNE 1967
K TROOP, 3rd SQUADRON

11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Private First Class Tedesco distinguished himself by valorous actions on 19 June 1967, while serving as a rifleman and radio operator while participating in an ambush patrol in the jungles of Vietnam. Suddenly, Private Tedesso alertly detected enemy movement and immediately notified the Squadron of the critical situation. Observing that the insurgents were of battalion size and were positioning themselves to conduct an assault on the perimeter of the Squadron, Private Tedesco fearlessly engaged them. Despite the withering barrage of Viet Cong fire, Private Tedesco repeatedly exposed himself to the enemy to direct a highly accurate volley of suppressive fire upon their positions. Although the numerically superior enemy began to advance toward Private Tedesco’s position, he courageously remained at his post and continued to suppress hostile movement. As the fierce exchange of fire intensified, Private Tedesco was critically wounded by shrapnel, but gallantly disregarding his serious injury, he resumed firing upon the insurgents. Even after being wounded a second time, Private Tedesco courageously persisted in repelling the Viet Cong. While remaining fully exposed to the enemy, Private Tedesco was struck by a burst of hostile fire and was mortally wounded. Private First Class Tedesco’s personal bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division General Orders No. 3061 (6 July 1967)

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