WWII - Army
Les landed on Utah Beach with the 90th Infantry Division on D-Day, June 6th, 1944, before racing over and through the hedges and fields of France. While assaulting a town in the area of Metz, Les was struck by a shell fired from a German tank, breaking his ankle and peppering him with shrapnel. He woke up in a hospital somewhere in England with his leg wrapped in a cast and his finger missing. After the conclusion of the war, and a painful recovery, Les went to college then joined the Washington State Patrol. With no trigger finger, he adapted and learned to shoot left handed- scoring second in his class for marksmanship.