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Retired general who served under Fifth Army in World War II laid to rest

| Army North Public Affairs | Feb. 5, 2016

Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, TX —

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Michael E. Leeper, who served under Fifth Army in World War II, was laid to rest at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery Jan. 19.

Leeper, who retired from the Army in 1971 after 30 years of service, passed away in December 2015 at the age of 98.

He received full military honors provided by more than 50 Soldiers from Fort Sam Houston’s Military Funeral Honors unit and the 323rd Army Band.

Brig. Gen. Pete Bosse, U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) deputy commanding general for Reserve Affairs, was the senior officer present and presented the American flag from the ceremony to Leeper’s family.

Leeper enlisted in the Army shortly in April 1941 and was commissioned as a quartermaster officer the following summer. In 1944, he deployed overseas with the 255th Ordnance Battalion, which supported Fifth Army combat operations in Italy.

After the war, he held numerous logistician and budgetary positions in the Army, rising through the ranks and ultimately attaining the rank of brigadier general in 1969.

As a general officer, Leeper served as the director of procurement and production and director of international logistics for Army Materiel Command.

His final assignment before retiring was Eighth Army Assistant chief of staff for logistics (G4) in Korea. Following his Army service, Leeper held multiple executive positions for corporations in Hawaii.