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  SFC Leland Peter Lemay    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

Able Company
35th Infantry Regiment
Korean War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Korean Service Medal United Nations Korean Service Medal Republic of Korea War Service Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SFC Leland Peter Lemay, RA32850127, who died in the service of his country on March 30th, 1951 in South Korea. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Leland was 30 years of age. He was from Franklin County, New York. Leland's Military Occupation Specialty was 1745-Light Weapons Infantry Leader.

The decorations earned by SFC Leland Peter Lemay include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Korea Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

Sergeant First Class Lemay was a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was seriously wounded by the enemy in South Korea on July 29, 1950 and returned to duty on September 2, 1950. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on March 30, 1951. Sergeant First Class Lemay was awarded the Silver Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Infantrymans Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Sergeant Leland P. Lemay (ASN: RA-32850127), United States Army, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving with Company A, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, in Korea. On 29 July 1950, Company A was attacked by enemy forces in the vicinity of Yongchong, Korea. The company was without artillery or heavy weapons support because of severed communications lines. When his platoon leader was seriously wounded, Sergeant Lemay moved forward under heavy enemy machine gun and rifle fire and, while returning to his position with the wounded officer, was himself wounded. Sergeant Lemay's courage and heroic devotion to duty reflect highest credit on himself and the military service.

I knew him very well. He was a darn good soldier and well liked friend and leader. He also distingushed himself with the Marines in the Pacific during WWII. I Still Remember you, Brother soldier. How many Caddies have you won in poker since ariving in the promised land? Hi Sarg: Just a little note to let you know you havnt been forgotten. Ive been in touch with our old Co. Commander and he also remembers you. Able Co. has always held Able Co in his heart as it was his first command. He went on to command other outfits including Commander of the 101st Airborne Div. in Vietnam and always held his men first in his decisions as he did in Korea. He retired after 32 years as a Lt.Gen.
(Alex Harkness)

Buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, CA. Section M Site 996