WILLIAM F. LELAND, 1LT, USA
William Leland '10
Date of birth: January 27, 1887
Date of death: September 29, 1918
William Farrel Leland, "Bill," was from Troy, Kansas and is listed on the page of "Past Midshipmen."
Second Lieutenant William Farrel Leland
Machine Gun Company, 369th Regiment. Died on September 29, 1918, in French Military Hospital from wounds received in action.
Lieutenant Leland was born in Troy, Kans., on January 27, 1887. He was educated in the public schools of Topeka, Kans., and Washburn Academy. He then entered Annapolis Naval Academy, resigning in 1908 after two years' study, after which he entered the University of Michigan Law School. He was admitted to the bar in 1916, and entered the employ of the Missouri Pacific Railway as an assistant attorney, which position he held until his admission to the Second Officers' Training Camp at Fort Sheridan, 4th Company. Upon receiving his commission Lieutenant Leland was ordered overseas, sailing on January 10, 1918, as a casual officer. Upon arrival in France he studied further at the American Infantry Specialists School, Langres, Haute-Marne, and was then assigned, with several other officers, to the 369th Infantry, which regiment was brigaded with the French Fourth Army. On the 26th of September, while leading his platoon, Lieutenant Leland was mortally wounded by gunshot fire, dying three days later. He was cited for bravery in action and was awarded the Croix de Guerre, and also recommended for promotion. He was married to Miss Hazel I. Sheppard of Plymouth, Mich., on August 2, 1911. Besides his widow, Lieutenant Leland is survived by two children, William F., Jr., aged six, and Kathryn F., aged five years, who reside in Ardmore, Okla.