LEONARD, Elmore, Jr., SK3c

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Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
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Primary Unit
1945-1946, SK-0000, Naval Sea Units
Service Years
1943 - 1946

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Home Town
New Orleans, LA and Detroit, MI.
Last Address
Elmore John Leonard, Jr.
Born: 11-Oct-1925
Birthplace: New Orleans, LA
Died: 20-Aug-2013
Location of death: Bloomfield Township, MI

Date of Passing
Aug 20, 2013
Location of Interment
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery - Detroit, Michigan
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Not Specified

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WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

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Sea Bees Badge

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Last Known Activity
SK3 Elmore John Leonard, Jr.
Seabee, U.S. Navy 1943-1946

Elmore Leonard
Born: 11-Oct-1925
Birthplace: New Orleans, LA
Died: 20-Aug-2013
Location of death: Bloomfield Township, MI

In 1943, at the age of 17, Leonard graduated from The University of Detroit High School, and tried to join the Marines, but was rejected because of poor vision. He was subsequently drafted and assigned to the Seabees, the fighting construction battalion of the United States Navy. He served for a little more than a year and a half in the Admiralty Islands and the Philippines before returning home in January of 1946. He was assigned to a ship for six and a half months and was discharged from the Navy in June of that year.

Elmore Leonard was the author of numerous westerns and hard-boiled crime novels. Leonard grew up in Detroit and served in the US Navy before attending the University of Michigan. Friends called him "Dutch", a nickname that somehow stuck on Leonard from childhood, named for a pitcher with the Washington Senators, Emil "Dutch" Leonard. He married in 1949, and eventually fathered five children. He began supporting his increasingly large family by writing advertising copy, mostly for Chevrolet. In his spare time he wrote Westerns, but they did not bring in enough money to live on. In 1951, Leonard was ready to quit the ad business and concentrate on writing full-time, but his agent talked him out of it. After the success of the Paul Newman's dramatization of Leonard's Hombre, he finally quit his day job. See bio.  

Funeral: Navy officers in white dress uniforms conducted a "farewell to arms" flag presentation ceremony and played "Taps" on a bugle for Leonard, a Navy veteran of World War II. 

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US NavyAdvancement Schools and CoursesNaval Construction Force (NCF)
  1943-1943, SR-0000, Recruit Training Center (RTC) (Faculty Staff)
  1943-1943, SA-0000, (SK) Storkeeper (T) Training School
  1943-1945, SK-0000, NCFSU-4
  1943-1945, SK-0000, Submarine Rest Center, Admiralty Islands
  1945-1945, SK-0000, Naval Construction Force (NCF)
  1945-1946, SK-0000, Naval Sea Units
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II
 Colleges Attended 
University of Detroit Mercy
  1946-1950, University of Detroit Mercy3
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  AKA Elmore John Leonard, Jr. 1
  Aug 20, 2013, Biography ELMORE LEONARD
  Sep 01, 2013, General Photos2
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