Leslie Jacob Rummell

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Leslie Jacob Rummell
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Leslie Jacob Rummell
Nickname(s) Rummy
Born 21 February 1895
Newark, New Jersey
Died 2 February 1919
Thiaucourt Cemetery Thiaucourt, France
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Air Service, United States Army
Rank Lieutenant
Unit 93d Aero Squadron
Battles/wars World War I Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War I
Awards Distinguished Service Cross

Lieutenant Leslie Jacob Rummell was an American World War I flying ace credited with seven aerial victories.[1]


A graduate of Cornell University, Rummell joined the 93d Aero Squadron on 7 August 1918.[2][3] He shot down his first Fokker D.VII on 12 September over Thiacourt. His triple win on the 29th, when he downed two more Fokker D.VIIs and shared a win over an Albatros two-seater, won him the Distinguished Service Cross. He went on to score three more times in October, including a shared win with Chester Wright.[1]

Rummell died in the influenza pandemic of 1919, on 2 February.[2]

Honors and awards[edit]

Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Leslie J. Rummell, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the region of Moirey, France, September 29, 1918. Lieutenant Rummell, leading a patrol of three planes, sighted an enemy biplace airplane which was protected by seven machines (Fokker type). Despite the tremendous odds, he led his patrol to the attack and destroyed the biplace. By his superior maneuvering and leadership, four more of the enemy planes were destroyed and the remaining three retired.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Leslie Rummell". Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b American Aces of World War I. p. 79. 
  3. ^ Cornell Rewind: A great school faces the Great War By Elaine Engst and Blaine Friedlander for Cornell Chronicle; January 22, 2015; retrieved June 15, 2017
  4. ^ (General Orders No. 126, W.D., 1919) as quoted at http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/usa/rummell.php www.theaerodrome.com Retrieved on 27 June 2010.