April 10, 1963
Chief Electrician's Mate
UNITED STATES NAVY
Leonard Hogentogler Hewitt was born on October 3, 1931, in Carlisle, Pa., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Downs E. Hewitt, II, of Washington, D.C.
His early schooling, through junior high school, was in the public schools of Carlisle, and Washington, D.C. He was graduated in 1950, from Carson Long Institute, a military school in New Bloomfield, Pa. Leonard had earned letters in varsity football, basketball, and baseball. He was elected to the school's house of representatives, and served as its treasurer. He later attended Baldwin Wallace College, in Berea, Ohio, for a short time prior to enlisting in the Navy in January 1952.
After recruit training, and graduation from the Navy's Electrician's Mate School, Leonard served in the escort aircraft carrier U.S.S. Sicily (CVE 118), until he volunteered for submarine duty.
He attended and was graduated from the Submarine School at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London, Conn., on February 12, 1954. He was then assigned to his first submarine, the U.S.S. Tench (SS 417), in which he became qualified as a submariner and was awarded his silver dolphins. He later served in the submarines U.S. Grampus (SS 523), U.S.S. Grouper (SS 214), and the nuclear-powered submarine, U.S.S. Skipjack (SSN 585). On February 27, 1961, Leonard was assigned to the U.S.S. Thresher (SSN 593).
During his naval service, Leonard had earned the Navy's Good Conduct medal, (three awards); Navy Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Occupation Medal with European Clasp, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and a letter of commendation from the commanding officer of the U.S.S. Thresher.
In addition to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Downs E. Hewitt of Washington,
D.C.; Leonard is survived by his widow, Mrs. Bodil N. Newill; daughter,
Kathleen; a son, Kirk; a brother, Downs E., and a sister, Mrs. Geraldine