Charles Lee Leonard
Charles Lee Leonard
  • July 16, 1924 - October 4, 2017
  • Crownsville, Maryland

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Charles Lee Leonard

Charles Lee Leonard, known as “Charlie” to his friends, was born in Baltimore, MD on July 16, 1924, to his parents Stephen and Blanche Leonard, and died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Arden on the Severn, Crownsville, MD on October 4, 2017. After he finished high school, he worked for the Koppers Co. but soon enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July of 1943 and was sent to Seamanship School where he was trained as a Coxswain. Charlie’s home port was San Pedro, CA and he served with honor aboard the USS Sturtevant, a destroyer escort, and the USS Saunter during World War II. Charlie was awarded the Purple Heart when a gun placement he was helping supply with ammunition while serving in the Asiatic Pacific Area was blown up and threw him into the hold. He also wore ribbons attesting to having served in the European African Area, and during the Philippine Liberation. He rarely spoke of his involvement during these sea battles, but always talked about with others with whom he served, and was eager and ready to swap any number of tales with his friends and fellow veterans over a “few pops” at the Fleet Reserve Club or other favorite watering holes in the Annapolis area. Charlie was well known for his infectious giggle, his wicked bear hugs, his generosity, and charity to those less fortunate. An animal lover, he was especially fond of his gray cat that lived with him for 17 years. He was avid snow and water skier, and golfer, and was well known for being the best G3 boat driver his pals, known as the River Rats, ever had. Charlie and the gang shared a summer rental on the Severn for many years.

In celebration of his life a memorial gathering will be held at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St, Annapolis, at 1:00 P.M. on November 8, 2017, and we encourage you to share your favorite or funny “Charlie Story”. Interment will be at Crownsville Veterans Cemetery on November 14, 2017 at 10:45 A.M. Friends and neighbors are invited to attend either or both events. In lieu of flowers or other tributes, please consider giving a gift in his name to the Salvation Army or your favorite Veterans’ charity, or a charity of your choice.