Brigadier General James Herbert (Jimmie) Leach, 87, of Lady's Island, S.C. died Thursday, December 17th 2009.
General Leach was born in Houston, Texas on April 7, 1922, the son of David W. Leach, Jr. and Ellen Curry Leach, both of Houston, and the grandson of Sergeant D. W. Leach of the 8th Louisiana Heavy Artillery, CSA.
General Leach entered the Texas National Guard in 1938. He attended Officer Candidate School in 1942 after his unit was called to active duty, prior to the Second World War.
He served in General George Patton's famous 4th Armored Division as a Company Commander of B Company, 37th Tank Battalion. He stayed in the US Army as a career Army Officer rising to the rank of full Colonel. He served in Korea and in Vietnam, where he was the 40th Commanding Officer of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment - The Blackhorse Regiment. After having moved to Beaufort, SC in 1986, the Adjudgent General of South Carolina appointed Col. Leach to the post of Brigadier General in the SC Military Department.
General Leach's Decorations include:
Distinguished Service Cross - for Actions in France and Luxembourg during the Battle of the Bulge
Croix de Guerre - Luxembourg
Virtuti Militarie - Poland
Two Silver Star Medals awarded during Viet Nam,
the Legion of Merit
Two Bronze Star Medals with "V" device and
Five Purple Heart Medals for wounds received during the Second World War.
Honors include: OCS Hall of Fame, Ft. Benning, GA; First recipient of the Order of St. George, US Armor Association. Professor of Military History, Ft. Knox, Kentucky. President - Military Officers of America Association and President of the Veterans Cemetery Committee of Beaufort (VCCOB)
He was an undergraduate of the University of Omaha, held a Master's degree in International Relations from Georgetown University.
He is survived by his wife, Marion Hiers Floyd Leach, of Hampton, S.C. and by his son, James H. Leach II (Jamie) & wife Annabelle of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and one granddaughter, Annabelle Virginia Leach of Tallahassee, Florida.
General Leach was a member of the Beaufort Presbyterian Church, Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Beaufort Rotary Club, Thursday Club, and Military Order of the Purple Heart.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 20th between 2 - 4 PM the family residence, #9 Sussex Court, Lady's Island.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at the Beaufort Presbyterian Church with burial following at the Beaufort National Cemetery at 11:30 AM.
Memorials or Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the:
Patton Museum Foundation
P.O. Box 25
Fort Knox, KY 40121-0025
Army Historical Foundation
2425 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201