Army Badge
  • Name: Leonard Clifford Dimatteo
  • Location of Birth: Calumet, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: August 31, 1923
  • Date of Death: January 24, 2005
  • Parents: Ben Dimatteo & Myrtle (Poppe) Dimatteo
  • High School and Class: 1941 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: FLT O (Flight Officer)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: March 17, 1943
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: October 15, 1945
  • Place of Discharge: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Military Awards:

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Leonard Clifford Dimatteo
    Race: White
    Age: 18
    Birth Date: August 31, 1923
    Birth Place: Calumet
    Residence Place: Calumet, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: June 30, 1942
    Employer: Oliver Mine, Marble
    Weight: 153
    Height: 6
    Complexion: Ruddy
    Eye Color: Hazel
    Hair Color: Black
    Other characteristic: Scars on back from burns
    Next of Kin: Ben Dimatteo, Calumet

    Leonard Dimatteo flew as a Bombardier and Navigator on an A-26 aircraft.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Leonard Dimatteo worked as a diesel shovel oiler for the Oliver Iron Mining Co, in Coleraine, Minnesota. He married Joan Geisler in 1947 in Bigfork, Minnesota. He began his career as a Minnesota State Highway Patrol Officer in the Little Falls area, retiring in August 1978. He built houses and drove school bus for the handicapped until retiring for a second time in 1984. He was a member of the Little Falls American Legion Post #46 and the Minnesota State Patrol and Peace Officers Association.

    Leonard died in Little Falls, Minnesota and is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Little Falls, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Joan; daughter, Jan Fransen; sons Laurence and wife Georgie, Jay and Jeff; and one grandchild, Jodi Deutsch.

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