Master Sergeant Frederick G. Leonardi, USMC, Retired
Enlisting in the United States Marine Corps on January 5,
1960 he received Recruit Training at MCRD Parris Island; Infantry Training at Camp Lejeune and his first permanent assignment was with the 10th
Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC.
Promoted to Private First Class in June 1960 he attended
Basic Food Service School before promotion to Lance Corporal and subsequent transfer to Marine Aviation Detachment, Naval Air Technical Training Center, Millington, Tennessee in October of 1961. While at MAD he performed duties as a Cook and was promoted to Corporal in April, 1962.
Transferred to 1st Amtrak, Bn, 3d Marine Division, Okinawa Japan in 1964 returning to CONUS in 1965 for assignment to Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, SC for duty as a Cook.
Promoted to Sergeant in June 1966 he transferred to Quantico and was promoted to Staff Sergeant in May of 1967. New orders took him to 1st Marine Air Wing, Da Nang, RVN as Assistant Mess chief.
Orders back to CONUS brought him to Marine Corps Supply Depot, Albany, GA and duty as Chief Cook and NCOIC, Commissioned Officers Mess. While at MCSC Albany he attended Advanced Food Service School graduating as the Honor Student.
Spring 1972 brought orders to Headquarters Marine Corps and assignment as the first OF 33 Marine to be the Assistant Enlisted Monitor
for Occupational Field’s 33 and 40 (Photographers) and MOS 3061.
Promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in January 1972 and assigned to the “Joint Ushers Detail” for the Inauguration of President Richard Nixon. He received orders to Recruiters School in San Diego and subsequent assignment to the Recruiting Sub-Station, New Orleans, LA. During this time he was assigned to the Color Guard for the Opening Ceremony of the Super Dome in August 1973 and was promoted to Master Sergeant while on Recruiting Duty.
Following assignments to the Food Service Schools, Camp Johnson, NC and 3d Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan he received orders to MCB, Quantico, VA and after brief assignments as Headquarters Battalion Dining Facility Manager and the Base Food Service Office he was assigned as the Officer Candidate School Dining Facility Management Chief until his transfer to the Fleet on September 1, 1980.
Since his retirement from the Corps he has been employed in the Freight and Trucking Industry as a Terminal Manager for Consolidated
Freightways and is currently employed as an Executive Recruiter.
As a lifelong outdoorsman and avid Trap and Skeet shooter he fulfilled a lifelong dream when after more than a year of study, physical evaluation and examinations, on September 3, 2004, he was commissioned a Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer for the State of Pennsylvania at the age of 62.
Fred was elected to the USMCFSA Board of Directors on October 14, 2005 and re-elected for an additional four year term on September 6, 2007. He and his wife Janet live in Edinboro, Pennsylvania.