Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
February 28, 1949 at Shreveport, LA
Service in the US Army from San Antonio, TX
26, 1968 at the age of 19
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism
April 26, 1968 at Phu Bai,
Thua Thien Province, Vietnam
Class Lee was a radio telephone operator when his platoon came
under fire from a force of North Vietnamese Army regulars in
well-concealed bunkers. With 50 percent casualties, the platoon
maneuvered to a position of cover while PFC Lee moved through
enemy fire giving first aid to his wounded comrades. During the
subsequent assault on enemy defensive positions, he continuously
kept radio contact with the commander, relaying precise and
understandable orders to his platoon leader. While advancing
with the front rank toward the objective, he saw four enemy
soldiers with automatic weapons and a rocket launcher lying in
wait. As the lead element moved forward, unaware of the
concealed danger, PFC Lee immediately and with utter disregard
for his own safety, passed his radio to another soldier and
charged through the murderous fire. Overrunning the enemy
position, he killed all occupants and captured four automatic
weapons and a rocket launcher. He continued his one-man assault
on the second position and, though wounded, crawled forward to
deliver accurate covering fire to enable his platoon to
maneuver. Not until the position was overrun did he falter in
his steady volume of fire and succumb to his wounds.