New Castle News

November 26, 2012

School to honor war hero with renaming

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The Ellwood City school district is renaming its auditorium after a fallen war hero.

A formal ceremony is planned for 9 a.m. Friday at Lincoln High School to name the auditorium the Leslie H. Sabo Jr. Memorial Auditorium.

Sabo was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously on May 16, 2012.

The former Ewing Park Bridge in Ellwood City is now known as the Sgt. Leslie H. Sabo Memorial Bridge. It was renamed in observance of Veteran’s Day this month.

A former Ellwood City resident, Sabo was killed in action in Cambodia in 1970. His family was presented with the Medal of Honor by President Obama. The recognition came years after Sabo was recommended for the nation’s top medal because the Pentagon had lost track of his paperwork until a fellow veteran doing research rediscovered it.

According to Army reports from the time, Sabo, a specialist four, was 22 when his platoon was ambushed. The record describes how he personally attacked enemy troops, drawing fire away from fellow soldiers. He also is credited with saving the life of a wounded soldier by picking up a grenade and tossing it away. While injured, Sabo attacked an enemy bunker with a grenade and was killed during that assault.

The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the armed forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty.