On 16 April 1945, in Germany, ascertaining that a reconnaissance party consisting of the Squadron S-3, a troop commander, and four enlisted men had been trapped by enemy fire, Lt. Col. Leonard, by unhesitatingly exposing himself to heavy fire, located the enemy positions. Upon the arrival of elements of his command, and again fully exposed, he directed fire upon the enemy positions. Only when fire superiority had been gained did he leave the immediate scene. He then succeeded in bringing heavier fire of other elements to bear. Through his utter disregard for his personal safety and his alert, rapid and decisive action, the enemy position was silenced and the party was rescued without loss of life. He entered military service from Brooklyn, New York.
Lt. Col. Hubert C. Leonard, Headquarters 116th Squadron