Medal of Honor

 

 

LEE, MILTON A. *

 

Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 502d Infantry, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile)

 

Place and date: Near Phu Bal, Thua Thien Province, Republic of Vietnam, 26 April 1968

 

Entered service at: San Antonio, Texas

 

Born: 28 February 1949, Shreveport, Louisiana

 

Citation:

 

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Lee distinguished himself near the city of Phu Bai in the Province of Thua Thien. Pfc. Lee was serving as the radio telephone operator with the 3rd Platoon, Company B. As lead element for the Company, the 3rd Platoon received intense surprise hostile 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 to treat their wounded and reorganize, while Pfc. Lee moved through the heavy enemy fire giving lifesaving first aid to his wounded comrades. During the subsequent assault on the enemy defensive positions, Pfc. Lee continuously kept close radio contact with the company commander, relaying precise and understandable orders to his platoon leader. While advancing with the front rank toward the objective, Pfc. Lee observed 4 North Vietnamese soldiers with automatic weapons and a rocket launcher lying in wait for the lead element of the platoon. As the element moved forward, unaware of the concealed danger, Pfc. Lee immediately and with utter disregard for his own personal safety, passed his radio to another soldier and charged through the murderous fire. Without hesitation he continued his assault, overrunning the enemy position, killing all occupants and capturing 4 automatic weapons and a rocket launcher. Pfc. Lee continued his 1-man assault on the second position through a heavy barrage of enemy automatic weapons fire. Grievously wounded, he continued to press the attack, crawling forward into a firing position and delivering accurate covering fire to enable his platoon to maneuver and destroy the position. Not until the position was overrun did Pfc. Lee falter in his steady volume of fire and succumb to his wounds. Pfc. Lee's heroic actions saved the lives of the lead element and were instrumental in the destruction of the key position of the enemy defense. Pfc. Lee's gallantry at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, the 502d Infantry, and the U.S. Army.



The following message was received on 10 September 2001.

 Neil,

I was Milton's Platoon Leader from the time he entered Vietnam until his untimely death on 26 April 1968. I want to say that he unselfishly gave his life so others could survive that day. I was very close to Milton during the time he was my Radio Operator, and I was with him when he was shot. I can truly say Milton was the kind of person that everyone liked and respected. He always was willing to help others no matter what the cost. I understand that a Sandy Christopher in Oklahoma has his certificates and medals, and I hope that Ron Collins (Milton's brother, last known address San Antonio) is able to obtain them. Milton is buried at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, and I for one always visit his gravesite when I am in San Antonio. Milton, I want you to know that all of your brothers from Vietnam miss and respect you.

Tom Lakomia


The following photograph and message were received on 16 July 2001:

Neil,

I first met Lee in January 1967. When he came to our platoon I had been in Vietnam for about 8 months. We tried not to get close to the new guys, but Lee was different. I liked him right off and Lee learned fast and did a good job as our radio man.I took the photo, and I think it was taken March 1968 outside of Hue. I left Nam on April 1, 1968. I never knew Lee was killed or that he got the Medal of Honor. In December, 2000 I got on the Web trying to find old friends from our platoon.I am sorry his life was cut so short. Lee is missed by all who knew him.

Thank you

Ray Wunder


 

The following message was received on 13 March 2000.

My name is Sandy Christopher, I am from a small town in Oklahoma. My grandfather has come across some medals and certificates that belonged to Milton A Lee. We are trying to return these medals to his brother Ron Collins. So far, we are having no luck contacting Ron Collins. So, Ron if for some miracle you are reading this, please contact me. We would love to return the medals and certificates to you.

If you know Ron Collins please let him know that we are looking for him.

Thank you,

Sandy Christopher


The following message was received on 9 November 1997.

I am attempting to locate people who knew Milton A. Lee, Medal of Honor recepient. My name is Ron Collins, the only surviving brother of Milton's. I was adopted by my maternal great-aunt in 1958, and I never had the honor of meeting Milton. I now live in San Antonio, Texas. Milton's grandmother, other brother, and father are all passed away.

If you knew Milton from the service or otherwise, please e-mail so we can communicate.

Thank you,

Ron Collins

e-mail address: roncollins01@hotmail.com


The following message was received on 19 June 2002.


Dear Neil,

Please replace the old outdated e-mail address with my correct e-mail address roncollins01@hotmail.com. I am the brother on his page that everyone is looking for. To my misfortune the address to sandy christopher is also not working and therefore, I dont know how to contact her. So possible by chance she will go to Miltons site and see my revised address. Also others can e-mail me direct. Thank you for your time Ron Collins


The following message was received on 18 july 2002.

 
Dear Neil

This is an update. The medals mention on Milton A. Lee's site have arrived at my home in San Antonio, TX. A special thanks to Mrs. Flagg and her family for their long effort to place the medal into the family of this American hero.

Thanks for all your assistance, Ron Collins.


--- General / Personal ---

Last name: LEE

First name: MILTON ARTHUR

Home of Record (official): SAN ANTONIO

State (official): TX

Date of Birth: Monday, February 28, 1949

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single

 

--- Military ---

 

Branch: Army

Rank: PFC

Serial Number: 15959258

Component: Regular

Pay grade: E3

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11B1P

 

--- Action ---

 

Start of Tour: Tuesday, December 19, 1967

Date of Casualty: Friday, April 26, 1968

Age at time of loss: 19

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Thua Thien

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