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Ward, Leonard USA cited Feb 1945

 
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Pacific Grove Tribune, CA Feb. 9, 1945
Lt. Leonard Ward Serves With 47th Group Awarded War Dept. Citation
With an A-30 Havoc Group in Italy (Special) – 2nd Lt. Leonard H. Ward of Pacific Grove received his most welcome Christmas gift of the year when on the morning of December 25 the veteran light bomb group to which he belongs received official orders awarding it a war department citation, the highest organizational honor bestowed by the U.S. Army. The award which entitles Lt. Ward to wear the distinguished unit badge over his right blouse pocket, was granted in recognition of outstanding services rendered by the 47th bombardment group on February 22, 1943, at Kasserine pass, where with allied positions overrun by the enemy, A-20 Havoc of the group repeatedly drove home bombing and strafing attacks through rain, fog and complete overcast and finally brought about an enemy retreat through the pass, thus saving the allied holdings in Algeria and Tunisia. Great credit goes to both air and ground personnel. While valiant airmen were attacking at low-level, through almost suicidal flying conditions, the group’s maintenance and administrative men were working under primitive living conditions on the barren plains of Tunisia and undergoing frequent enemy bombings and straffing attacks. An indication of the accomplishments of the group at this crucial stage of the North African campaign is evident from the wording of the citation: “Displaying utmost courage and combat proficiency, they repeatedly attacked at minimm attitude through intense, accurate and anti-aircraft fire, enabling their bombardiers to release more than seven tons of bombs upon the advancing armored columns with such devastating effect that before nightfall they had turned the enemy.
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