In Memory of
Army Private
Leonard L. Ayers
Bonesteel S.D.
Gregory County
February 8, 1912 July 12, 1943
Killed in Action at North Africa

 Fallen Sons and Daughters of South Dakota in WWII

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.