"...My Dad official name is Cpl Leon A. Kilgore (he went by Andy) he was born in Griswold, Iowa March 26, 1925 he married my Mom Laura Chandler on August 27, 1943. He enlisted & was inducted on June 7, 1943 at Ft Crook, Nebraska. He went thrue basic training at Ft. McClellan, Alabama before going to Paratrooper School at Ft Benning, Georgia.
He was a rifleman 745, he carried a machine gun in France, Belgium. Battles were the Rhineland, Central Europe.
Foreign service 11 months 11 days January 23, 1945 to December 29, 1945.
Awarded 2 Bronze stars for above campaigns per GO 33 & 45 1945. Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart. Entitled to wear American Theatre Campaign Ribbon, 1 Overseas Bar and Victory Ribbon, he could also wear the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign Ribbon.
Left for the United States from Berlin, Germany on December 29, 1945 on the Queen Mary transport to New York City, NY arrived on January 3, 1946 and marched in The Victory Parade before dismissed from the service at Ft Jefferson Barracks, Missouri.."