In Memory of
Leonard L. Ayers
February 8, 1912 – July 12, 1943
Killed in Action at North Africa
Leonard L. Ayers was born on February 8, 1912, in Norfolk, Nebraska.
He lived in Bonesteel from 1913 to 1941, and then he moved to the state of
Washington. There he joined the army on June 30, 1942, and was sent overseas in
November of 1942.
Ayers was killed in action while driving a supply truck in North Africa on
July 12, 1943. According to news reports from that time, he was the first man
from Bonesteel to be killed in action. His mother, Mrs. Lottie Baumgartner of
Bonesteel, received his Medal of Honor posthumously.
This entry was respectfully
submitted by Iyoko Gunter, 10th Grade, Bonesteel-Fairfax High School,
Bonesteel, South Dakota, April 3, 2002. Information for this entry was provided
by the newspapers in Gregory, Mitchell, and Bonesteel.