Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In Honor of Leslie Coﬀelt
who gave his life in defense of
the President of the United States
here at the Blair House, November 1, 1950
"For loyalty, bravery and heroism
beyond the call of duty."
Presented by National Sojourners
in commemoration of his sacrifice.
Dedicated May 21, 1952, by President Harry S Truman
Erected 1952 by National Sojourners.
Location. 38° 53.934′ N, 77° 2.315′ W. Marker is in Downtown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Jackson Place, on the right when traveling west on Pennsylvania Avenue. Touch for map. Located in front of the Blair-Lee House. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1653 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20005, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Francis Preston Blair (here, next to this marker); The Blair House (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Blair House (here, next to this marker); The Entrance Gardens The Lee House (a few steps from this marker); First Home of the Reserve Officers Association (a few steps from this marker); Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown.
Also see . . .
1. The Blair House. The Blair House is the official state guest house of the U.S. President. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Assassination Attempt on President Truman. On November 1, 1950, two Puerto Rican activists attempted to assassinate President Truman, who was staying at the Blair House during White House renovations. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Leslie Coffelt: White House police officer, killed in defense of President Truman on Nov. 1, 1950. WWII U.S. Army veteran: Private, Company "B" 300th Infantry Regiment - buried in Arlington National Cemetery. (Submitted on May 18, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
4. Leslie William "Les" Coffelt: White House policeman, U.S. Secret Service (Submitted on May 20, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Law enforcement officer; killed in action; Freemason.
Categories. • Heroes • Notable Events •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,224 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on May 21, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1. submitted on January 20, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.