- January 27, 1929 - April 29, 2010
- Knoxville, Tennessee
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Donna and I are sadened to read of the passing of General Leslie. He was a great mentor - and exceptional man.
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“We will miss you Dad. Thank you for being an amazing, loving father.
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James M. Leslie, retired Brigadier General in the United States Army, died Thursday, April 29, 2010 at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville after an extended illness. He was 81. General Leslie was born in Anaconda, Montana and grew up in Butte, Montana. He graduated from Montana State College in 1951 as the Distinguished ROTC Graduate with a commission of 2nd Lieutenant of infantry. He later entered the Army flight program and flew fix-winged aircraft and helicopters. He received a Master’s Degree in International Relations from George Washington University in 1969. He attended the National War College from 1968-1969. As a career infantry officer, General Leslie commanded units from platoon to brigade size and served as Assistant Division Commander of the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea. He was also commanding General of the 3rd ROTC Region at Fort Knox, Kentucky. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge and Senior Army Aviation Badge. Mr. Leslie was an active member of Eastside Baptist Church in Marietta, GA for many years. General Leslie lived in Knoxville and was a member of the Retired officers Association and Association of the US Army. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ann Leslie; son, Richard Leslie and wife Glen; daughter, Teresa Bowman and husband Mark; four grandsons: Matthew Bowman and wife Kathleen, Sam Leslie, Brandon Bowman and Nathan Bowman. He is also survived by a brother, Donald B. Leslie and wife Francis and a sister, Kathryn Miller.
Interment will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 AC Skinner Pkwy, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or www.woundedwarriorproject.com.
Arlington National Cemetery