Leslie Coffelt

Leslie coffelt

Leslie William "Les" Coffelt (August 15, 1910 – November 1, 1950) was an officer of the White House Police Force who was killed while defending U.S. President Harry S. Truman against an armed attack at Blair House. Coffelt was wounded by one of the would-be presidential assailants during the assassination attempt, in which Puerto Rican nationalists targeted President Truman while he was residing in the Blair House on November 1, 1950. Though mortally wounded by three bullets, Coffelt returned fire moments later and killed one of the two assailants with a single shot to the head. Coffelt was born to Will Coffelt and Effie Keller in the Shenandoah Valley town of Oranda, Virginia. As a boy, he was called "Etts" because his younger sister could not pronounce the name "Leslie." His siblings were Harry, Hollis, Norman, and Mildred, called "Midge. As a boy, Coffelt grew up hunting and handling firearms. Coffelt was the second in his family to graduate from high school, and he was described by those who knew him as an expert sharpshooter. He was a quiet, good-humored man who was well liked by everyone. In 1928, Coffelt left Oranda to look for a job in Washington, D.C.

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Date of birth
August 15th, 1910
United States of America
Date of death
November 1st, 1950 at age of 40
Cause of death


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