The Moving Wall: Spc. Leon A. Tetkoski
Died April 30, 1970.
Tetkoski was born in Shamokin and attended Coal Township High School. He was the husband of Beverly and the father of Leon Jr., Cindy, Joseph and Billy Tetkoski.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1949 after receiving basic and advanced infantry training. He was sent to Vietnam in 1965. He spent his second tour with Company A., 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles).
On April 30, 1970, he was leading his platoon on a tactical mission in the A-Shau Valley when the platoon came across a heavily fortified enemy bunker. A firefight ensued. Tetkoski laid down sufficient cover fire while his men took cover and assaulted the bunker. He was mortally wounded during the firefight.
Tetkoski was awarded a Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal.
Tetkoski, who died at age 40, was survived by his wife, daughter and four sons. He is remembered on Panel 11W, Line 77.