Leslie H. Sabo Jr.

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Leslie Halasz Sabo, Jr.

Birthplace: Kufstein, Kufstein District, Tyrol, Austria
Death: May 10, 1970 (22)
Sesan, Sesan, Steung Treng Province, Cambodia
Place of Burial: North Sewickley Township, Beaver County, PA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Leslie Sabo, Sr. and Private
Husband of Rose Brown
Brother of Private

Managed by: Alex Bickle
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About Leslie H. Sabo Jr.


Leslie Halasz Sabo Jr. (Hungarian: ifj. Halász Szabó László; 22 February 1948 – 10 May 1970) was a soldier in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He received the highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the Cambodian Campaign in 1970.

Born in Kufstein, Austria, Sabo's family immigrated to the United States when he was young and moved to Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. Sabo dropped out of college and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1969, becoming a member of the 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. On 10 May 1970 Sabo's unit was on an interdiction mission near Se San, Cambodia when they were ambushed from all sides by the Vietnam People's Army. Sabo repeatedly exposed himself to North Vietnamese fire, protecting other soldiers from a grenade blast and providing covering fire for American helicopters until he was killed.

Sabo was recommended for the Medal of Honor shortly after his death, but the records were lost. In 1999 a fellow Vietnam War veteran came across the records and began the process of reopening Sabo's recommendation. Following several delays, Sabo's widow received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama on 16 May 2012, 42 years after his death.

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Leslie H. Sabo Jr.'s Timeline

February 23, 1948
Kufstein, Kufstein District, Tyrol, Austria
May 10, 1970
Age 22
Sesan, Sesan, Steung Treng Province, Cambodia
North Sewickley Township, Beaver County, PA, United States