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Leon Kent, hero of Battle of the Bulge, dies at 99

 

 

Associated Press

Published: 02.19.15, 22:59 / Israel News

 

 

 

Leon Kent, who led a group of American soldiers that knocked out five German tanks and held up the enemy advance during the Battle of the Bulge, has died. He was 99.

His family told the Los Angeles Times that Kent had pneumonia and died on Feb. 12 in Beverly Hills. Kent was an Army lieutenant in December
1944 when he was ordered to stop the advancing tanks in Belgium. His battery wasn't trained in anti-tank warfare and had only an anti-aircraft gun. Nevertheless, Kent and his three soldiers destroyed five tanks in two hours and were credited with helping prevent a major German breakthrough in Belgium, allowing retreating Allied troops to regroup. The four soldiers received Silver Stars, although Kent's wasn't delivered until 1998 because of lost paperwork.

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You gotta love Gen McCalluffs response when the Germans demanded the allies surrender during that battle... The Generals reply, "nuts"

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RIP Eltee, your duty here is done sir. At ease, heaven has another star tonight.

 

 

"Buddy if your looking for a safe place, pull your tank in behind me because I'm the 82nd Airborne, and this is as far as the bastards are going."

 

​Unknown PFC from the 325 Glider Infantry Regiment, Battle of the Bulge to a tank commander from the 3rd Armor in retreat from heavy German advance.

 

Greatest Generation to ever inhabit our rock!

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