Ellwood City, PA- Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) attended the Ellwood City Post Office renaming. The post office was renamed for Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Leslie Sabo. Casey passed into law the renaming of the post office in 2012. Sergeant Sabo sacrificed his life for the nation in on May 10, 1970 in what would become known as the Mother’s Day Ambush.
“Sergeant Sabo gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country while saving the lives of his fellow soldiers in the face of grave danger,” Senator Casey said. “To call Sergeant Sabo a hero only begins to capture his selfless bravery, and renaming the Ellwood City Post Office in his honor is one small way to ensure his actions are never forgotten.”
When his patrol was ambushed in Se San, Cambodia, Sergeant Sabo charged the enemy position and then assaulted an enemy flanking force which drew fire away from friendly soldiers and eventually forced the enemy to retreat. When an enemy grenade landed nearby, Sergeant Sabo shielded the body of a wounded comrade with his own body, threw the grenade, and ended up absorbing most of the blast with his own body. Despite being wounded, Sergeant Sabo continued to fight, charging the enemy’s bunker and throwing his own grenades. The explosion from his grenade stopped the enemy fire, taking Sergeant Sabo’s life but helping to save the lives of his fellow soldiers.