|Born||August 23, 1838|
|Died||December 7, 1915(aged 77)|
|Place of birth||Nice, France|
|Place of death||Riverside Township, New Jersey|
|Place of burial||St Peters Cemetery, Riverside, NJ|
United States of America|
United States Navy|
|Rank||Captain of the Forecastle|
|Unit||USS Baron De Kalb|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
|Other work||Was involved with one of the earliest submarine projects-USS Alligator|
Medal of Honor citationEdit
Rank and organization: Captain of the Forecastle, U.S. Navy. Born: 1837, Nice, France. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 11, April 3, 1863.
Serving on board the U.S.S. Baron De Kalb, Yazoo River Expedition, 23 to 27 December 1862. Proceeding under orders up the Yazoo River, the U.S.S. Baron De Kalb, with the object of capturing or destroying the enemy's transports, came upon the steamers John Walsh, R. J. Locklan, Golden Age and the Scotland sunk on a bar where they were ordered fired. Continuing up the river, she was fired on, but upon returning the fire, caused the enemy's retreat. Returning down the Yazoo, she destroyed and captured larger quantities of enemy equipment and several prisoners. Serving bravely throughout this action, Leon, as captain of the forecastle, "distinguished himself in the various actions."
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
- ""PIERRE LEON" entry". Medal of Honor recipients: American Civil War. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwaral.html. Retrieved 2008-03-11.
- "Pierre Leon". Hall of Valor. Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=2603. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
- "Pierre Leon". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7199846. Retrieved March 29, 2010.
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