sent to Mr. John Chiang thru certified mail receipt # 7008 0150 0003 1981 6946 on 4/1/2008 w/ the return receipt signed
by: Julie Hanneman on 4/2/2008
Mr. John Chiang
State Controller’s Office
300 Capitol Mall #1850
Re: Unclaimed California Property (UCP)
Dear Mr Chiang:
Sir, I am a researcher of Philippine history &
I used my database of Filipino names to compare it with your UCP database. I found over $4 million of funds that belonged
to the Filipinos & their allied families. I created a website http://filipinosgone2california.tripod.com
listing those names. I do not have any monetary
interest in my research. The advertisers in my free website do not pay me a cent. I did the research project for the reasons
I indicated in the website.
I would appreciate it if you would locate some
of the people in my list. I am particularly interested to find the family of Clotilde Leonor, deceased
(see back page). My research indicated that her son Leonardo Leonor was a KIA/MIA U.S. Vietnam hero &
that the heirs to this family might be residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, since a sister was asked to participate in
the DNA project to identify Leonardo in 2002. The UCP amount of $103,055.73 would help the heirs to this truly deserving family,
as well as other people that I located thru my research.
Maria Elizabeth Embry
DEATH LAST RESIDENCE
LEONARDO CAPISTRAN LEONOR:
were my assigned back-seater in the 523rd at Udorn, Thailand. Even though we didn't fly many missions together, your skill and professionalism
always had a calming effect. You were as well known for humorous events that you caused as for your skill and professionalism.
One of the most humorous events occurred after you went missing in trying to decide what to do with the stuff you had accumulated
in your BOQ room. Such items as AK-47's, etc, but the biggest dilemma was what to do with that wild ocelot you had tamed.
It was finally decided to donate it to the Jungle Survival School at Clark AFB. The flight surgeon
sedated the cat, and a back-seater volunteered to carry the cat on his lap back home to Clark,
with one stiuplation...if the cat awoke in flight, first the canopy would go, then the cat! But all made it safely and intact
to Clark and as far as we know the cat lived out his life at the school.
The day you went
missing with Pete Cleary you had agreed to fly with Pete on his last assigned mission. When you both failed to return, we
waited. We are still waiting.....Godspeed.
Captain Jerry F. Gipson, USAF, 523rd TFS
Captain Jerry F. Gipson, 523rd TFS
Relationship: Fellow Squadron Member
Sunday, May 28, 2000
Mass Card and Biography
LEONARDO CAPISTRAN LEONOR:
This is the
mass card provided by Lenny's family on the occasion of his burial at Arlington National
Cemetery on May 24, 2002...
Major Leonardo Capistrano Leonor was
born in Manila, Philippines and was raised
in Long Island, New York
City. He graduated from St. Agnes High School and New
York University. His father is Jose A. Leonor who served
in the U.S. Army in Europe during WWII. His mother is Clotilde Capistrano Leonor who was
a devout catholic and dedicated mother.
His family and friends describe him as kind, compassionate, helpful, generous,
patient, joyful, fun loving and courageous. He was a man for others. He enjoyed bowling and drag racing, winning trophies
in both sports.
In the United States Air Force, Major Leonardo C. Leonor distinguished himself through his professional
competence, aerial skill and devotion to duty. On 27 June 1972 while participating in an aerial mission as an F-4D Weapons
Systems Officer, he penetrated a heavily defended area in North Vietnam
to locate several downed air crew members and directed rescue forces. He drew enemy fire to himself, and away from the rescue
forces, resulting in the success of the mission. For this act of bravery, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He received
two other Distinguished Flying Cross medals for outstanding heroism and aerial skill, on 04 October 1972 and 05 October 1972.
also received The Air Medal (First through thirteenth Oak Leaf Cluster) for the successful accomplishment of important missions
under extremely hazardous conditions 10 February 1972 to 10 October 1972. He received a second Air Medal on 19 April 1972
for successfully completing his mission without regard for personal safety. A third Air Medal was awarded to him (Fifteenth
Oak Leaf Cluster) for contributing to the protection of all friendly aircraft and for the success of his mission.
10 October 1972, while flying as Forward Air Controllers directing a strike mission, contact was lost and the F-4E Phantom
II failed to return to friendly lines. A search followed without results. Captain Leonardo C. Leonor and his companion Captain
Peter M. Cleary were declared Missing in Action. While MIA, nevertheless, both men were promoted to the rank of Major, before
review boards amended their status to Killed in Action.
A joint U.S.-SRV persevered in the search and recovery of the
men killed and missing in action. In 1994 CILHI personnel excavated an F-4 crash site in Quang Binh province, North Vietnam. Recovered from the crash site were skeletal fragments attributed
to Maj. Leonor on the basis of DNA analysis matching that of his sister’s whose blood was obtained in the year 2000.
His identification tag was also turned over by a Vietnamese national. On February 12, 2002, his sister was informed of the
findings. His remains were interred at Arlington National Cemetery on May 24, 2002. Part of
the remains will be brought to the Philippines,
the country of his birth.
The Purple Heart was bestowed on Major Leonardo Capistrano Leonor for gallantly giving his
life in the service of his country as a member of the United States Air Force on 09 August 1978, Posthumous.
Service Medal was given to his parents Jose and Clotilde Leonor in his memory on 20 July 1978.
Eternal rest grant to
Leonardo, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon him.
Relationship: He flew/died with my brother
Friday, October 10, 2003
LEONARDO CAPISTRAN LEONOR:
I did not know
Lenny but he was my godfather's backseater. Lenny was shot down with Peter Cleary on 10 October 1972.
time, I am sure he has been missed greatly by his family just as my godfather, Peter Cleary. Lenny and Peter
have been found
and will be coming home to be laid to rest and given the honor and respect they have deserved for many
years. I am
sorry that I never knew Lenny or Peter but there will always be a place in my heart for them both
Allison Linnevers Stanley
Relationship: God daughter of his front seat
Friday, March 1, 2002
LEONOR 1W, 81
LEONARDO CAPISTRAN LEONOR
is honored on Panel 1W, Row 81 of
Vietnam Veterans Memorial.