Did you know?
On Nov. 1, 1950, two Puerto Rican nationalists tried to force their way into Blair House in Washington to assassinate President Harry S. Truman. One assailant was killed in a gun fight with Secret Service police; the other assailant was arrested. President Truman was living in Blair House temporarily while the White House was undergoing renovations.
Leslie Coffelt, pictured above, was one of the officers who stopped the gunmen from entering the building. He died later that day from his gunshot wounds and remains the only Secret Service member to be killed while defending the President.
A plaque commemorating Coffelt’s bravery can be found on the gate outside of Blair House. Coffelt was buried in Arlington Cemetery.
The Chicago Daily News front page is from the Newseum collection. All other photos are from Wikimedia Commons.
You’re leaving out the badass part about Leslie Coffelt.
Coffelt was stationed in the booth at the entrance of Blair House. He was the first man to be wounded in the fight, as the assassin Griselio Torresola basically opened it by shooting Coffelt three times in the chest. Coffelt went down, as being shot three times is liable to do to a person. But fast forward about 20 seconds to the end of the shootout:
"Torresola stood to the left of the Blair House steps to reload. President Truman had awakened from a nap to the sound of gunfire and looked outside his second floor window. Torresola was 31 feet (9.4 m) away from Truman’s window.
At that same moment, Coffelt left the guard booth, propped against it, and fired his .38-caliber service revolver at Torresola, about 30 feet (10 m) away. Coffelt hit Torresola two inches above the ear, killing him instantly.” (Quoted from Wikipedia)
Perfect shot at 30 feet, while bleeding from three fatal gunshot wounds. Leslie Coffelt, everyone.