Staff Sergeant Eugene Leonard is a certified badass. He survived the Pearl Harbor attack and then valiantly served his country in World War II. Now at 99-years-old, he’s flying around in a B-17 Bomber from the WWII era.
“It seems like yesterday in a way,” Leonard said about the Pearl Harbor attack.
On Saturday, Staff Sergeant Eugene Leonard went back to his war years. The special flight back into time was a special present for Eugene’s 99th birthday, who recently lost his wife.
Eugene joined the Marines in 1936 and he also served in the Air Force. He was shot during World War II while fighting in Guadacanal.
“There was combat. We had to fly into Guadalcanal. They had control over Guadalcanal and we had to slip in with fire protection,” said Leonard.
He went on to be a renowned mechanic for 76 years.
“I’d say indirectly, he saved about 40 lives with his maintenance on airplanes and preventing pilots from making mistakes,” said Guy Coulombe.
Thank you for your service Staff Sergeant Eugene Leonard.