A SPAD XIII pilot, Leslie Jacob Rummell served with the 93rd Aero Squadron at Vaucouleurs in 1918. On 12 September 1918, after scoring his first victory, he became disoriented in the clouds and was forced to crash land behind his own lines. Credited with seven victories, six of which were Fokker D.VIIs, Rummell became the second highest scoring ace in the 93rd Aero Squadron. He died during the influenza epidemic of 1919 and is buried a short distance from where he scored his first victory.
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Leslie J. Rummell, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the region of Moirey, France, September 29, 1918. Lieutenant Rummell, leading a patrol of three planes, sighted an enemy biplace airplane which was protected by seven machines (Fokker type). Despite the tremendous odds, he led his patrol to the attack and destroyed the biplace. By his superior maneuvering and leadership, four more of the enemy planes were destroyed and the remaining three retired.