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George E. Leach

Date of birth: July 14, 1876
Date of death: July 17, 1955
Place of Birth: Iowa, Cedar Rapids
Home of record: Minneapolis Minnesota

George Leach served from 1931 to 1935 as Chief of the National Guard Bureau. He retired as a U.S. Army Major General.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Colonel (Field Artillery) George E. Leach, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving as Commanding Officer, 151st Field Artillery, 42d Division, A.E.F., near Pexonne, France, 5 March 1918. Colonel Leach entered the quarry of Battery C, 151st Field Artillery, then subjected to a particularly accurate artillery bombardment, for the purpose of directing and encouraging the officers and men of that battery when he might with propriety have sent his directions by messenger.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 126 (1919)

Action Date: March 5, 1918

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel

Company: Commanding Officer

Regiment: 151st Field Artillery

Division: 42d Division, American Expeditionary Forces

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Colonel (Field Artillery) George E. Leach, United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As Commanding Officer of the 151st Field Artillery, 42d Division, Colonel Leach displayed marked qualities of leadership. Maintaining a high standard of efficiency and morale, he constantly kept his regiment in close proximity to the attacking infantry, were he was able to furnish it accurate and timely assistance, which contributed materially to the successes gained.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 89 (1919)

Action Date: World War I

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel

Company: Commanding Officer

Regiment: 151st Field Artillery

Division: 42d Division, American Expeditionary Forces