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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Awards Purple Heart to Vietnam Veteran Leo H. Connelly

February 9, 2019
Press Release

Warren, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today awarded the Purple Heart to Army Specialist Leo H. Connelly, who served during the Vietnam War. On June 18, 1967, Leo was attempting a rescue of a wounded comrade lying beside what he thought was a dead enemy combatant.  The combatant grabbed Leo, who sustained a cut to the left arm and was stabbed on his right side. Despite his injuries, Leo was still able to rescue his injured comrade before returning to the front line to continue the operation.

“Army Specialist Leo H. Connelly Jr. is the epitome of courage, honor, and integrity. There are not enough awards or accolades to show how truly grateful we are for the sacrifice he made for our country during the Vietnam War. We are forever indebted to him. Here at home, Leo has gone above and beyond with his work and commitment to helping veterans in Youngstown and all across Ohio. It is this type of exceptional service that truly defines American patriotism—and Leo is second to none. He has served on the Mahoning County Veteran Services Commission, been inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame, been honored as the Mahoning County United Veterans Council’s 2011 Veteran of the Year, and named the Second Brigade Motorcycle Club of Ohio 2012 Honoree of the Year. This Purple Heart is long overdue, but I am thankful that Leo is finally receiving the honor and recognition he deserves,” said Congressman Ryan.