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Name: Leslie Jacob "Rummy" Rummell
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Leslie Rummell
Country: United States
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: United States Air Service
Units: 93rd Aero
Victories: 7
Born: 21 February 1895
Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, USA
Died: 02 February 1919
Place of Death: France
Cemetery: Saint Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France
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.
General Orders No. 126, W.D., 1919
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 12 Sep 1918 1020 93rd   Fokker D.VII Thiaucourt
2 29 Sep 1918 1635 93rd   Fokker D.VII Damvillers
3 29 Sep 1918 1635 93rd   Fokker D.VII Damvillers
4 29 Sep 1918 1635 93rd   Albatros C   1 Chaumont
5 10 Oct 1918 0809 93rd   Fokker D.VII   2 Dun-sur-Meuse
6 23 Oct 1918 1040 93rd   Fokker D.VII   3 Andevanne
7 29 Oct 1918 0835 93rd   Fokker D.VII Grand Pre

1 Shared with Lt R H Fuller, Lt A B Patterson
2 Shared with Lt P S Cox, Lt R L Hartman
3 Shared with Lt Chester Wright
American Aces of World War 1
by Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey (Illustrator) / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (September 25, 2001)
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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