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Clyde Leedom

 

Date and Place of Birth: November 9, 1906 Wilmington, DE
Date and Place of Death:    September 10, 1943 Sicily
Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: Unknown
Rank: Private First Class
Military Unit: 56th Medical Battalion US Army
Area Served: Mediterranean Theater of Operations

Ormal C. “Clyde” Leedom, Jr., the son of Ormal and Rebecca Leedom, was born in Wilmington, Delaware on November 9, 1906. During the real estate boom of the 1920s his parents moved to Dunedin, Florida, where he starred on the local baseball team.

A driver by trade and living in Lakeland, Florida, Leedom entered military service in June 1942 and trained at Camp Lee, Virginia, before receiving specialist training at hospitals in Atlanta and Georgia, and being assigned to the 56th Medical Battalion.

Serving in the Mediterranean Theater, Private First Class Leedom participated in the invasion of North Africa and was among the first groups to land in Sicily. Leedom, aged 36, died when the ambulance he was driving crashed in Sicily on September 10, 1943. Survived by his parents, a sister, brother, ex-wife, son and daughter (Virginia and Dick), he is buried at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy. Sadly, his son, Dick, was also killed in an auto accident, aged just 17.

Sources:
Dunedin Evening Independent - Oct 11, 1943
Salisbury Times - Oct 14, 1943
www.findagrave.com

Date Added May 9, 2013. Updated June 22, 2016

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