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Oakdale in Allen Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Sgt. Leroy Johnson

 
 
Sgt. Leroy Johnson Marker image. Click for full size.
May 17, 2005
1. Sgt. Leroy Johnson Marker
Inscription.
"Greater love hath no man than this,
that he lay his life down for his friend."

No more appropriate words could be used than the above in the incident relative to the death of U.S. Army Sgt. Leroy Johnson of Oakdale, La., who covered two Japanese grenades with his own body, saving the lives of those with him, on December 15, 1944 on the island of Leyte. For his outstanding gallantry he was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 30° 48.945′ N, 92° 39.721′ W. Marker is in Oakdale, Louisiana, in Allen Parish. Marker is at the intersection of East 6th Avenue and 10th Street, in the median on East 6th Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oakdale LA 71463, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vietnam Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); SSG Timothy B. Cole, Jr. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Town of Elizabeth (approx. 8.6 miles away); SSG Timothy Bruce Cole, Jr. - Bronze Star with Valor
Sgt. Leroy Johnson Marker image. Click for full size.
May 17, 2005
2. Sgt. Leroy Johnson Marker
(approx. 9 miles away); Glenmora Cemetery (approx. 11.8 miles away); Oberlin: A Blending of Cultures (approx. 14.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Leroy Johnson (Medal of Honor). Wikipedia (Submitted on August 5, 2015.) 
 
Categories. War, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 4, 2015. This page has been viewed 357 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 4, 2015. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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