- The Washington Times - Monday, March 6, 2006

Charles Frederick Leonard Jr., a retired Army major general and former Olympian, died Feb. 18 of complications from a heart attack in the medical care unit of the Fairfax, a retirement community at Fort Bel-voir. He was 92.

Born at Fort Snelling in Minnesota to an Army officer, Gen. Leonard lived on several Army posts before graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1935.

At the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Gen. Leonard won a silver medal in the modern pentathlon, scoring the first perfect score in the pistol event of that competition, which also involves fencing, swimming, running and horseback riding.

He later worked to advance marksmanship training by serving as executive officer of the national matches in 1955 and 1956 and as a consultant with the U.S. Olympic marksmanship and pentathlon teams.

Gen. Leonard’s military career included commands of operational units from platoon through division level. In Korea, he commanded the 27th Infantry Regiment and the 1st Cavalry Division.

His other commands included the 1st Battle Group of the 15th Infantry Regiment along the inter-German border, the Army Intelligence Command at Fort Holabird in Maryland and the 10th Corps at Fort Lawton in Washington state.

He also served as an operations officer in the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff, chief of the Weapons Department in the Army’s Infantry School, chief of staff of the 3rd Infantry Division, G-2 intelligence officer for the Central Army Group and deputy assistant chief of staff for intelligence on the Army staff.

Upon retiring from the Army in 1967, Gen. Leonard served as the director of security and facilities at the University of Washington until 1971.

He then devoted his life to volunteer and community service work, which included leading the Washington state chapter of the American Cancer Society and assisting in recruitment for West Point.

He devoted his spare time to outdoor sports and traveling to visit his family and many friends.

Gen. Leonard is survived by three sons, Michael Leonard of the District, retired Army Col. Henry A. Leonard of Alexandria, and Herman B. Leonard of Concord, Mass.; a daughter, Margaret L. Starbird of Steilacoom, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margery Leonard, and a son, Army Capt. Charles Frederick Leonard III.

Funeral services will be held 10:45 a.m. April 18 at the Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer, followed by interment at Arlington National Cemetery.

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