Leo’s wife, Arddy, also a retired Marine officer, made arrangements at the time of Leo’s interment for a space to be saved beside Leo for her own eventual interment. However, someone at the national cemetery screwed up and put someone else there. On August 3, 2016, Larry McDonald (Big Mac) received the following email from Arddy. RIP, Leo.
Please share with the guys that at 10am this morning Leo had his gun salute by a Marine detail, Amazing Grace played by a bagpiper, and then was re-interred in a new location in the cemetery. We were able to add more mementos and I included a HMM 265 golf ball, HMM 265 pin, various photos, a stone cross from the Holy Land, and some Jameson’s. As Leo was re-interred, a helicopter buzzed the cemetery 4 times and a flyby of 2 jets crossed the cemetery. You know the air national guard is at the airport nearby and they all started their morning training. I now have my reservation beside Leo. Deborah and Patrick’s family and my brother Norman and dear friends who live near us attended the final honors. I am now at peace with knowing the mission is complete.
Also thank HMM-265 group for the beautiful flowers we had for the June 22nd funeral and wake.