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Tree Presented By:
J. Douglas Wenger, Boalsburg, PA
28 Jan 2014
MyVeteran/MyHero Name:
Leon E. Achenbach
MyVeteran/MyHero Photo:
Leon A. Achenbach
Dates of Birth/Death:
17 Oct 1920 - 18 Aug 2003
Dates of Military Service:
Service Branch / Stations:

US Army
Company I, 3rd Battalion, 26th Regiment (Blue Spaders), 1st Infantry Division (Big Red 1)
Light Weapons NCO 1812,
Machine Gun & Bazooka Units

Highest Rank:
Staff Sargeant
My Veteran's Hometown:
Ephrata, PA
"Why this Veteran
is My Hero:"
Staff Sgt. Leon Achenbach fought nobly for the "Big Red One" & the "Blue Spaders" during WWII. Achenbach led machine gun and bazooka units in Algeria, French Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Sicily, Normandy (D-Day), France, Belgium and Germany. He received the Silver Star for gallantry in action. He and wife Anna later founded Achenbach’s Pastries in Leola, PA. The freedoms he fought to protect live on through 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
About this Tribute Tree:
American Beech
Fagus grandifolia
Planting Date:
Planted in Spring 2014
Park Name:
GPS coordinates of this tree:
Oak Hall Regional Park
N 40 47.351     W 077 47.451
The "MyVeteran/MyHero Tribute Tree Campaign"© was established by the Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority in early-2014 to provide living tributes to veterans of the US Military in the three "Regional Parks" (established by the Centre Region Council of Governments) while assisting to further improve the host parks. A flyer about the campaign is available HERE (PDF). The initial site of these Tribute Trees will be Oak Hall Regional Park near Boalsburg. Future sites will include Whitehall Road Regional Park and the John Hess Softball Complex, as scheduled. For more information, please contact CRPR.

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