A Silver Star, awarded post-humuously to Lieutenant Edmund S. Leaming, was presnted to his morther, Mrs. Edna R. Leaming, of 664 Hughes Strees, by Captain Brown, of the Fifth District last week.
Lieutenant Leaming was killed in action last May.
A citation accompanying the Silver Star award read as follows:
"For gallantry in action on 13 May, 1944, in ---. Leading his platoon in a determined attack upon a well emplaced enemy force, Lieutenant Leaming guided it skillfully through enemy mindefields and intense mortar and machine gun fire only to be halted 300 yards short of the objective by an enemy machine gun nest emplaced in a house. Finding that the rocket launcher carried by his group failed to operate, he repaired it under continuing heavy fire and led an assult squad to destroy the enemy position. Finding further advance impossible due to the inability of units upon his flank to move forward, he organized a defensive position upon an intermediate objective. While directing his platoon in the preparation of its defensive position, Lieutenant Leaming was fatally wounded, but refused evacuation which might have saved his life to assure himself that the prepartions were completed. His courageous and unselfish leadership during the crucial stages of the attached inspried his men to their utmost and reflect great credit upon himself and the military service."