One of his patrols became heavily engaged by fire from a numerically superior enemy force located in a well-entrenched bunker complex. As 2LT Leisy deployed the remainder of his platoon to rescue the beleaguered patrol, the platoon also came under intense enemy fire from the front and both flanks. In complete disregard for his safety, 2LT Leisy moved from position to position deploying his men to effectively engage the enemy. Accompanied by his radio operator he moved to the front and spotted an enemy sniper in a tree in the act of firing a rocket-propelled grenade at them.
Realizing there was neither time to escape the grenade nor shout a warning, 2LT Leisy unhesitatingly, and with full knowledge of the consequences, shielded the radio operator with his body and absorbed the full impact of the explosion.
This valorous act saved the life of the radio operator and protected other men of his platoon who were nearby from serious injury. Despite his mortal wounds, 2LT Leisy calmly and confidently continued to direct the platoon’s fire. When medical aid arrived, 2LT Leisy valiantly refused attention until the other seriously wounded were treated.” The 24-year-old’s selfless act of bravery, which cost him his life that day, provided the inspiration his platoon needed to successfully withdraw without any other casualties.