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Leslie Coffelt
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Hero
    (August 15, 1910-November 1, 1950)
    Born in Oranda, Virginia
    White House police officer guarded President Harry Truman at Blair House while the White House was under renovation
    Killed at age 40 by Puerto Rican nationalist Griselio Torresola, who along with Oscar Collazo went to Blair hous to assassinate Truman
    As a child he was nicknamed Etts because that's what his younger sister called him (she couldn't pronounce Leslie).
    He was a D.C. cop for seven years, quit for five years, then returned to the force in 1941.
    Though Torresola died during the shootout, Collazo lived, was given a death sentence commuted to life and finally pardoned by President Jimmy Carter in 1979.
    The gun used to kill him is on display at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri.
    He died over a cause that had nothing to do with him - Puerto Rican independence.
    Though shot three times at point blank range by Torresola, he managed to lean against a guardhouse, and at a distance of 30 feet away squeeze off one shot, hitting Torresola in the head and killing him instantly.
    He was rushed to the hospital after the shootout but died four hours later.
    His widow received condolences from the president and went to Puerto Rico to absolve its citizens of any blame for the acts of the would be assassins.
    His heroism lives on today as both a plaque erected in his honor and a day room named after him at the Blair House commemorates his sacrifice.

Credit: Scar Tactics


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