Leonard Carey Porter 86, of Stonecroft Village, Hebron, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, (May 1, 2004) at the Windham Hospital, with his family at his side. Born May 3, 1917, he was a son of the late Clarence and Alma (Levere) Porter and was a lifelong resident of Hebron and graduated from Windham High School. A highly decorated veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the European Theatre with the 98th Bomb Group as a Flight Engineer on a B-24 Liberator Bomber. Most significantly, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with Seven Oak Leaf Clusters. Upon his discharge, he had attained the rank of Technical Sergeant and went on to work in construction until his retirement. Mr. Porter was past Commander of the American Legion Post 95 in Hebron, a member of the VFW Post 1724 in Willimantic and was a Charter Member and past Chief in 1942 of the Hebron Vol. Fire Dept. Additionally, he was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox. Survivors include his daughter, Louise Barry and fiance, Ray Griswold of Wilmington, NC; two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Nancy of Colchester, and Scott and Tammy of Hebron; a daughter-in-law, Jeanne Porter of Marlborough; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, David Porter of Hebron; and numerous extended family members and friends. He was predeceased by a son, Daniel; his sister, Claire Cloud; and two brothers, Howard and G. Earl Porter. Friends may call TODAY from 6-8 p.m. at the Aurora- McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester. The funeral will assemble 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home before an 11 a.m. Chapel Service with Fr. Steven Kelsey of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Hebron officiating. Burial, with full military honors rendered by the Antique Veterans of Colchester, will follow in the Porter family plot in St. Peter's Cemetery, Hebron. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Legion Post 95, P.O. Box 95, Hebron, CT 06248. Published in the Hartford Courant on 5/3/2004.