By MARTY FINLEY
FORT KNOX — A decorated World War II veteran with Fort Knox ties has died.
Ret. Col. James “Jimmie” Leach, 87, died Thursday near his home in Beaufort, S.C., after he lost consciousness while driving.
Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen told The Beaufort Gazette a heart attack appeared to be the cause of death rather than injuries from the crash.
Ret. Col. J.W. Thurman, an Elizabethtown resident, said it was a loss for the Army community as a whole.