Leroy E. Ayers was born on June 26, 1925 to Walter and Nora Houck Ayers in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania. He was one of eight children.
Leroy entered service in the Army on March 23, 1943 at Camp Meade, Maryland. After basic and advanced training he went overseas in March 1944, serving with the 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. The 3rd Infantry Regiment participated in the campaigns of Algeria-French Morocco (Operation Torch
), Tunisia, Sicily (Operation Husky
), Naples, Rome-Arno, southern France, Rhineland, and Ardennes-Alsace.
Leroy was wounded on June 1, 1944, resulting in hospitalization. He recovered and returned to service on June 26th, which was his 19th birthday. Three months later, Army Sergeant Leroy Leroy E. Ayres was "Killed in Action (October 7, 1944) in France.
Leroy was buried at a local cemetery and his remains were returned home after the war for burial in his home country. He is buried at Mt. Zion Cemetery, in North Coventry Township.