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Leopold B. Sullenger ~ ~ ~ 1917-1944
© Margaret E. Haynes

Biography written by Margaret E. Haynes
Leopold B. Sullenger was born November 8, 1917, in Oklahoma. He was the son of Don Buren Leopold Carles Sullenger and Corda Pearl (Collyar) Sullenger. His mother was the daughter of Charles Newton Collyar and Myrtle (Splane) Collyar.
According to a relative, Leopold worked for the Blackwell, Oklahoma newspaper before he signed up for service in the Army during World War II. He also worked for a CCC camp. It is believed his parents divorced before he entered service, and he had three younger brothers at home with his mother.
His brother said originally Leopold had no middle name, but when he went to CCC camp, they told him he had to have a middle initial, so he chose letter "B".
Leopold was in the First Special Forces, before the Rangers existed. He was one of the people who taught the soldiers, both American and Canadian.
Leopold Sullenger died February 8, 1944, in or near Anzio, Italy, during World War II. His brother, Carles, said Leopold was killed while manning a machine gun and when they found his body there were several dead enemy soldiers in front of his position. His brother said Leopold was awarded medals for his service and bravery and for giving his greatest gift, his life, for his country, in our fight for freedom.
His name, rank, and date of death appear in a book that listed veterans who served with the First Special Forces during World War II. He is shown as "T4 L. B. Sullenger who died Feb. 8, 1944, KIA" (Killed In Action), and notes where they were fighting when he died.
Leopold B. Sullenger died February 8, 1944, in or near Anzio, Italy. His body was returned to Blackwell, Oklahoma and he is buried in the Blackwell IOOF Cemetery, in Blackwell, Kay Co., Oklahoma, Block 45, L/R 4, S 7.

Submitters note: Rest in Peace, Leopold, a grateful nation honors you. And your brothers and family miss you.

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