Birth: Nov. 10, 1943 Wilmington, New Hanover Co., NC
Death: Jul. 3, 1969 Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam.
PFC Abbie Eugene Leazer native of Huntersville, NC, was a member of the Army Selective Service and a Draftee, 25 years old and was married. It was reported that Abbie died from an undetermined explosion. His body was recovered.
An Army comrade says that Abbie had a sense of his death before he died he talked with his friend about it often. Abbie graduated from North Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte, NC. It is said by North Carolina friends that Abbie Leazer did not do anything quietly. He had an anniversary gold over black ’55 Chevy and literally owned the streets of Huntersville, NC, in the mid 60’s. To say that Abbie was a bit wild is not an understatement and he loved his Chevy while others feared it. He took on all comers and usually won; he was missed by his friends when he went to the Army. After being informed of his death the car guys had a well deserved toast in his honor.
Abbie E. Leazer was the husband of Mrs. Zondra H. Leazer and the son of Mr. Odis Eugene Leazer and Mrs. Flora Dean Barkley Leazer. He served with Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 8th Artillery Regiment. He was awarded The Bronze Star Medal for Bravery, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, the Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Burial: Huntersville Presbyterian Church Cemetery Huntersville, Mecklenburg Co., NC
(Source: Posted with permission of Tom & Jim Reece, #46857744; “finding NC Vietnam KIA/MIA’s gravesites” ; Reconfigured and submitted by: Ron Yates)