- "I understand the large hearts of heroes, the courage of present times..."
- — Leggett's Poem
Private First Class Kevin Benjamin M. Leggett was the radio operator for the 3rd Squad.
As the squad radio operator, he always accompanies S/Sgt. Hassay. His death at Hill 30 haunted Baker throughout the events of Operation Market Garden.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early Life[edit | edit source]
Leggett was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He joined the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division as a radio operator and was assigned to Fox Company's 3rd Platoon; "Fox-3". Leggett furthered his usefulness in Normandy with his ability to speak French.
When Leggett was a child, his dad read him a poem. "I understand the large hearts of heroes, the courage of present times... It amazes me that something so beautiful could be a part of something so ugly."
Normandy Invasion[edit | edit source]
He participated the Normandy invasion as part of 3rd Squad. He parachutes off to Normandy to be temporarily attached with Robert Cole. He soon meets up with Baker and Mac and helped Cole by talking to the French woman with his French to discover their location. Since then, he is attached to Mac since he is the only radioman in the platoon for the whole campaign.
On 9th of June, Mac sent Leggett with Allen & Garnett to flank the farm in the mission 'Buying the Farm' This proved to be a fatal mistake as Allen and Leggett were rivals and their rivalry cause both Allen and Garnett's death which traumatized Leggett. Since then, he is blamed for not saving them by the rest of the squad. Baker forced Leggett to keep Allen and Garnett's deaths a secret since it might cause his squadmates to kill him. Only Corrion, Mac and Baker didn't blame Leggett while the rest of the surviving squad blamed him for their friends death. Leggett since then kept quiet for the whole campaign unless he needed to talk in battle. He still follows Mac around to also distance from his hateful squadmates.
Death[edit | edit source]
On June 13th, the 3rd Platoon was ordered to help the 506th PIR hold and defend the position outside of Carentan known as Hill 30 to prevent a German counter-attack from taking the town. During the battle, the radio was damaged, stopping any incoming messages from being heard. His call for tank support had been heard, though Leggett would not survive long enough to know.
Because of the events that happened with Allen and Garnett, Leggett lost his mind. He drew a M1911 (known by the platoon as the "Death Pistol") and fired at a German tank, screaming, "You want Me?! Fucking take me! Take me!". The tank fired at Leggett and blew him away, partially exposing his intestines and wounding his face.
Legacy[edit | edit source]
His death meant he took the secret of Allen and Garnett's death to the grave. Baker still feels guilt and sees visions of him because he blamed himself for causing Leggetts death by forcing him too keep a secret that broke him. It haunts him during Operation Market Garden and sees hallucinations of Leggett many times like in the Eindhoven hospital where he saw his ghost and heard his voice.
Despite most of the squad hating Leggett for their friends death, Hartsock is able to forgive Leggett and credited him for calling in the tank reinforcement on Hill 30.
Before Leggett had died, he told a secret to a random paratrooper about Allen and Garnett's death. Little did he know, the soldier, Dawson would joined Baker's squad and force him to tell the truth.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Leggett is a shy and nerdy character. He is usually on his own and people find him weird. An example of this is when Baker says that the first time he saw Legget was in the breakfast tent in England during training cutting a hard boiled egg into little pieces. He is also has an interest in literature and comics as he quoted a poem on the beach and discussed comic book characters with his rival, Allen. He is also always with Mac as Mac needs him to contact HQ and he is the only radioman. He is also caring to other soldiers as he wanted to save any survivors in a plane crash or when he tried to save a dying soldier in Hill 30.
However, his personality drastically shifted after Allen & Garnett's death and suffered survivors' guilt. He become weak and vulnerable to other men bullieing him as the other men except Corrion, Baker and Mac in his squad hated Leggett for letting Allen & Garnett die. He become very quiet and suicidal as he didn't talk too much except during combat, a notable example of his suicidal character is the cutscene scene where Leggett screamed at the Panzer to kill him.
Despite being dead, Baker suffered hallucinations and guilt for feeling responsible for Leggett's death as he told Leggett to hold the secret. The personality of Leggett in Hell's Highway is the complete opposite of his personality in Road to Hill 30 and Earned in blood. He appears as a ghost and constantly tormenting Baker for Bakers past actions in Normandy and also during Operation Market Garden.
Game Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Brothers in Arms (KIA)
- Rendezvous with Destiny
- Silence the Guns
- Ambush at Exit 4
- Objective XYZ
- Foucarville Blockade (does not speak)
- Rommel's Asparagus (does not speak)
- Action at Vierville
- Dead Man's Corner (does not speak)
- The Crack of Dawn
- The Fall of St Come
- Buying the Farm
- Alternate Route (does not speak)
- Cole's Charge (does not speak)
- Ripe Pickings (does not speak)
- Push into Carentan (does not speak)
- Tom and Jerry
- No Better Spot to Die (KIA)
- Action at St. Martin
- Three Patrol Action (does not speak)
- Bookends (Part 2) (Flashback, mentioned)
- Bloody Gulch
- The Story So Far
- Five-Oh-Sink (Flashback, his glasses only)
- The First Bad News (Kevin section)
- Written in Stone (Hallucination)
- Reunions (Flashback, Mentioned)
- The Rabbit Hole (Hallucination)
- Hell's Highway (Hallucination)
- Those We Lost (Flashback, Hallucination)
- Tooth and Nail (Hallucination)
- Farewell is Goodbye (As a Ghost)
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Leggett is referred to as Pvt. "Kevin Leggett" in Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30, but in Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood he is called "Benjamin Leggett", both names are mentioned again in Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway.
- In RTH30, Leggett was the last squad member to die.
- In RTH30, Leggett's first name was "Kevin", the developers changed it to "Benjamin" in "Earned in Blood". Evidence of this is in both manuals of the said games.
- Leggett's "ghost" is seen throughout Hell's Highway.
- Leggett appeared in the Hill 30 mission (Bloody Gulch) in EiB, when Hartstock led his squad out to flank the Germans, he radioed for help. However, Leggett was killed before Hartstock and his squad came back.
- His glasses also seem to haunt Baker as when he picks up an old pair of glasses, it makes him remember when he was knocked down to the bottom of a river by a Flak 88 round. Kevin's glasses drift by after that. This was a reference to Leggett's death.
- He dies on the 13th of June. There are 13 soldiers in Baker's squad.
- In Hell's Highway he gives the player a hint that the next Brothers in Arms will take place in Belgium asking Baker if he can handle snow.
- He is the only person who wears glasses in the game.
- Leggett's birthday was on the April 30, that was the day of the death of Adolf Hitler and the Fall of Saigon in Vietnam.
- Leggett is not the only "ghost" that haunts Baker in Hell's Highway, (the other's are Pvts. Allen and Garnett ) but he appears in most missions.
- Leggett is wearing the wrong type of uniform in Hell's Highway as he wore the standard uniform M43 seen in Holland instead the M42 Uniform that all Normandy soldiers wore. This is an error by the developers.