Last week, the Lower Southampton community took the time to honor a local veteran who recently returned home safely from a 10-month deployment in the Persian Gulf.
Last Wednesday, members of the Feasterville Business Association presented 25-year-old Frank C. Leonhardt IV with two flags. One was placed on a permanent Wall of Honor in the Lower Southampton Township building, and the other was for him to take home.
Leonhardt is a U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class who was in charge of radar operations aboard the USS Carl Vinson, whose home port is Coronado, California. He served in the Navy for four years.
“The business association has an ongoing project to recognize servicemen from our township to make the public aware of who’s serving their community,” said William Wiegman, who is president of the Feasterville Business Association and a former Lower Southampton Police Chief.
Leonhardt was joined by his family in accepting the award. His father, Frank Leonhardt III, who is a sergeant in the Lower Southampton Police Force, attended along with Donna Riss, and Leonhardt’s sisters Christina and Melissa, and girlfriend Kayce Sherno.
“This is quite an honor for us to sit up here,” Lower Southampton Supervisor Joe McFadden said. “I just wanted to thank [him] for his service and please accept our best wishes to a family who raised such a hero and such a patriot.”
Leonhardt is a graduate of Lower Southampton Elementary School, Poquessing Middle School and Neshaminy High School.
He excelled in baseball and played for school teams, Lower Southampton Little League and the Lower Bucks Bandits growing up. He was part of a Bandits team that won the Pennsylvania State Championship, Eastern States Regional and placed sixth in the World Championships, held in Puerto Rico. Prior to joining the U.S. Navy, Leonhardt was on a baseball scholarship at Gwynedd Mercy University.
“It’s been great to be home,” he said after the short ceremony. “Now that I’m here, I just started the police academy up at Temple University. I’m going to continue that for the next six months.”