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  • Wall Name:JOHN N LA CHICA
  • Date of Birth:5/16/1934
  • Date of Casualty:5/31/1969
  • Home of Record:CHULA VISTA
  • County of Record:SAN DIEGO COUNTY
  • State:CA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SFC
  • Panel/Row:23W, 28
  • Casualty Province:PHU YEN


  • Wall Name:JAMES R LEWIS
  • Date of Birth:10/14/1947
  • Date of Casualty:5/31/1969
  • Home of Record:MODESTO
  • County of Record:STANISLAUS COUNTY
  • State:CA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Row:23W, 28
  • Casualty Province:LONG KHANH


is honored on Panel 23W, Row 28 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • High School Buddy

    Posted on 5/24/14 - by Richard E. Marshall
    James was one of my best friends in High School. I remember drinking a few beers together to celebrate our graduation. I wish we could do it again. James joined the Army and volunteered for combat in Vietnam right out of high school. He was courageous and strong. Unfortunately the bravest soldiers are those most likely to be killed. Rest in peace, my friend.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 4/11/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT James Michael Leonard, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • We Remember

    Posted on 6/2/11 - by Robert Sage
    James is buried at Gracelawn Cemetery, Edmond,OK. SS PH
  • Thank You

    Posted on 11/13/07 - by Chance Siribandan
    Thank you for serving our country Mr. Leonard and for being brave.
  • In Remembrance

    Posted on 10/10/06 - by Richard
    Additional information regarding the battle conditions experienced by James Leonard, Stephen Turzilli, Kenneth Scurr, and other members of B Company can be read in the nonfiction book "Time Heals No Wounds" by Jack Leninger, published in 1993 by Ivy Books/Ballantine Books. We all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Sgt. Leonard and the other members of our military who gave so much.
  • Senior Picture - Class of 1967

    Posted on 5/31/03 - by
    Thirty-four years ago today, his young life was extinguished. Since I found the Virtual Wall, I knew that I had to post a remembrance for James Leonard, a kind and decent young man. Isn't this a handsome picture?

    James was a couple of years older than me - his brother was in my class at Edmond High School. I remember James from the dances at the National Guard Armory - where all of the kids 'hung out' during the summer listening to the local bands. James was such a gentleman.

    James played football, ran track, and was a member of the 12 Year Club (which meant he went to school all 12 years in Edmond).

    James is not forgotten. I think of him often and thank him for his sacrifice.

    In Loving Memory...
  • A Thank You

    Posted on 5/1/03 - by John D. Leonard
    Just a word of thanks to the family of James Leonard from another Leonard, John D. Leonard. I didn't go to Vietnam but served during that time. My Guard unit would be placed in downtown DC whenever a demonstration was held. We were expected to keep law and order. Believe me, we sometimes had to police our own ranks the tensions and emotions would be so high toward "peaceful demonstrators". Because of people like James,who made the utlimate sacrifice for his country with his life, we enjoy freedoms in this land that allow free expression and speach and for that scarifice he made, I am one who is thankful. And to his family, I express my belated sympathies and a promise to never forget James Leonard. Leonards are known for standing tall and proud with their service. My dad did 31 years of military service, in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, my two brothers were in service over 25 years and both served in Vietnam. Couple this with James's service along with the other 24 Leonards found on the "Wall" and it proves the point. Leonards are something to be proud of!
  • Photo

    Posted on 1/25/02
    Photo from:
    "Vietnam: One Week's Dead"
    LIFE Magazine
    Vol. 66, No. 25
    June 27, 1969

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