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Olympic Pistol Shooter Dies at 92

February 28, 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Retired Army Maj. Gen. Charles Frederick Leonard Jr., who set an Olympic Games pistol shooting record that stood for more than four decades, has died at 92.

Leonard died Feb. 18 several weeks after a heart attack, the Arlington National Cemetery Web site said.

Leonard won the silver medal in the pentathlon in 1936 in Berlin with the first perfect score in the modern history of the Olympic Games in the pistol section of the competition. The feat was unequaled at the Olympics until George Horvath of Sweden shot a perfect score at the Games in 1980.

Leonard later served in the infantry, taught at West Point during World War II and commanded two outfits in Korea and one that was stationed on the border between East and West Germany.

He was chief of the Army Intelligence Command at Fort Holabird, Md., from 1964-65, then took command of the 10th U.S. Army Corps at Fort Lawton in Seattle and retired from the military when that unit was disbanded in 1967.

Leonard was buried last week at Arlington National Cemetery.

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