17
OCT
2015

Survivor Thriving at 97

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LISTEN to Eugene Leonard on Hometown Heroes
97-year-old Eugene Leonard of Chula Vista, CA appears on episode #389 of Hometown Heroes, debuting October 17, 2015. A native of central Kansas, Leonard enlisted in the Marine Corps before America’s entrance into World War II. He was at Ewa Marine Corps Air Station on Oahu on December 7, 1941. Some of the first shots Japanese planes fired that morning were fired at the pickup truck he was driving.

Gene Leonard flies the flag high outside his Chula Vista, CA home. For more photos, visit the Hometown Heroes facebook page.

Gene Leonard flies the flag high outside his Chula Vista, CA home. For more photos, visit the Hometown Heroes facebook page.

Hangar burning at Ewa Field on December 7, 1941.

Hangar burning at Ewa Field on December 7, 1941.

Gene working on an aircraft engine during World War II.

Gene working on an aircraft engine during World War II.

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