Garry Leonard
Hackensack High School
Yearbook Photo


June 18, 1925 - February 6, 1945


Lieutenant Garry Leonard enlisted February 1, 1943, as an Aviation Cadet and was called into service on
July 13, 1943. He was sent to Miami Beach for basic training and then to college at
Gettysburg, Pa., for pre-aviation. At Classification School in Nashville, Tenn., he decided to follow navigation although he had qualified for all three--pilot, navigator, or bombardier. He was sent to pre-flight at Maxwell Field, Ala., and then to Buckingham Army Air Field in Fort Myers, Fla., where he had gunnery and received his gunner's wings. Garry attended the Army Air Force Navigation School in San Marcos, Texas, and graduated there as
Second Lieutenant.

The last phase of his training took place at Dyersburg, Tenn., where he had lots of flying and navigation before he was sent to Lincoln, Nebraska, for assignment and overseas equipment.

Garry was sent to England and stationed at Eye. He and his group finished all required of them and asked to be sent on this particular long mission over Germany--just twenty days after they had reached England. The mission was successfully completed and the planes (B17's--Flying Fortresses) were returning in formation of twelve when a plane overhead had engine trouble and fell, pancake-like, on the plane navigated by Garry. Both planes fell quickly and only six members were saved. Garry was killed on
Feb. 6, 1945 . He was a member of the 490th Bomb Group, and he is buried in the U.S. Military Cemetery at Epinal, France.

Information from Teresa Martin Copyright May 30, 1947

The Record Actual Article - March 3, 1945

Local Undated Article of Garry Leonard

1946 Hackensack High School Yearbook Dedication Page

Edward J. Jordan

(Microfilm copy from Johnson Public Library)

Background image of Air Force Emblem obtained from: