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Magdalena Leones

Date of birth: August 19, 1920
Place of Birth: Philippine Islands, Lubuagan , Kalinga
Home of record: Agoo, La Union Philippine Islands


Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Corporal Magdalena Leones, United States Army, for gallantry in action as Special Agent, U.S. Army Force in the Philippines, North Luzon, in action at Luzon, Philippine Islands, from 27 February 1944 to 26 September 1944. During the period cited, Corporal Leones repeatedly risked her life to carry important intelligence data, vital radio parts and medical supplies through heavily garrisoned enemy-held territory. Although she knew that detection by the enemy would result in torture and execution, Corporal Leones fearlessly continued her perilous missions between guerrilla forces throughout Luzon with notable success. Through her intrepidity and skill as a special agent, Corporal Leones contributed materially to the early liberation of the Philippine Islands.

General Orders: Headquarters, XIV Corps, General Orders No. 88 (October 22, 1945)

Action Date: February 27 - September 26, 1944

Service: Army

Rank: Corporal

Company: Special Agent

Division: U.S. Army Forces in the Philippines, North Luzon