Leo enlisted on 20 Nov 1941 and posted to 1st Training Battalion on 25 Nov 1942 and transferred to 6th Battalion on 4 Jul 1942. He was posted to 1st Australian Commando Training Squadron on 25 Mar 1943 and joined the unit at Canungra, Qld on 15 May 1943. He embarked with the unit for New Guinea as a Trooper aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944.
After leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper. He left the unit and transferred to 2/3rd Australian Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery at Lae on 26 Aug 1945 and returned to Australia aboard "KATOOMBA" on 26 Oct 1945.
He was discharged on 12 Nov 1945.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He is now also entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp "S.W.Pacific".
Edited by Peter Epps
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