Leonard L. Laconia (82) was born in Shenandoah, VA., and was just out of high school when he enlisted in June 1948. He arrived in Taegu in September 1950 and was stationed there as a part of the air force, 8th fighter group, 5th fighter sqn. as a SGT. He monitored and defended the Pusan Perimeter. For his commitments, he received the National Defense, UN Service, US Presidential Citation, Korean Presidential Citation, Air force commendation, and Korean Service medals. He returned to the US in November 1951, and was assigned to the Air force headquarters command in Washington, DC., until he was discharged on March 1, 1969. After his discharge, Leonard worked at the Central National Bank in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as at the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles. His hobbies now include hiking and fishing.