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Leonard L. Alvarado
Birth: Feb. 13, 1947
Bakersfield
Kern County
California, USA
Death: Aug. 12, 1969, Vietnam

Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was KIA in Phuoc Long Province. He entered the U.S. Army in Bakersfield CA and served as a Rifleman, Specialist Four in the 1st Calvary Division (Airmobile). His daughter, Lenora M. Alvarado accepted on her father's behalf, the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama in the White House on March 18, 2014. His Medal of Honor reads: Specialist Four Leonard L. Alvarado distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Rifleman with Company D, 2d Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) during combat operations against an armed enemy in Phuoc Long Province, Republic of Vietnam on August 12, 1969. On that day, as Specialist Four Alvarado and a small reaction force moved through dense jungle en route to a beleaguered friendly platoon, Specialist Four Alvarado detected enemy movement and opened fire. Despite his quick reaction, Specialist Four Alvarado and his comrades were soon pinned down by the hostile force that blocked the path to the trapped platoon. Specialist Four Alvarado quickly moved forward through the hostile machinegun fire in order to engage the enemy troops. Suddenly, an enemy grenade exploded nearby, wounding and momentarily stunning him. Retaliating immediately, he killed the grenadier just as another enemy barrage wounded him again. Specialist Four Alvarado crawled forward through the fusillade to pull several comrades back within the hastily-formed perimeter. Realizing his element needed to break away from the hostile force, Specialist Four Alvarado began maneuvering forward alone. Though repeatedly thrown to the ground by exploding satchel charges, he continued advancing and firing, silencing several emplacements, including one enemy machinegun position. From his dangerous forward position, he persistently laid suppressive fire on the hostile forces, and after the enemy troops had broken contact, his comrades discovered that he had succumbed to his wounds. Specialist Four Alvarado's extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.  (bio by: Don Morfe) 
 
Burial:
Greenlawn Memorial Park
Bakersfield
Kern County
California, USA
Plot: Holy Cross Section, Lot D, Block 64
GPS (lat/lon): 35.4064, 118.9874
 
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Originally Created by: Don Morfe
Record added: Mar 23, 2014
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Leonard L. Alvarado
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Leonard L. Alvarado
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Leonard L. Alvarado
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