Virginia Heroes

Wilbur Preston Leighton

Private, Army

Born: June 28, 1925
Hometown: Botetourt County, VA
Casualty Date: March 22, 1945
Died In: near Mainz, Germany
Awards: Purple Heart

Private First Class Leighton served with Company K, 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division.

Before the war, “Jimmy” worked for Liberty Limestone Quarry, Buchanan, Virginia.  He enlisted in the Army on August 17, 1943, in Roanoke, Virginia.

His unit was participating in an attack on a town in Germany when he was killed in action.  He was buried in Germany and reinterred in High Bridge Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Natural Bridge, Virginia.



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