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Leslie Coffelt

Deceased Person from United States of America

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., and became a police  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1910-08-15
Nationality
United States of America

Death

Date of death
1950-11-01
Cause of death
Firearm
Place of burial
Arlington National Cemetery

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