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Marines with Marine Barracks Washington D.C., support a full honors funeral for retired Marine Lt. Col. Howard V. Lee, Medal of Honor recipient, at Colonial Grove Memorial Park, Virginia Beach, Virginia, March 30, 2019.
190330-M-GU107-111.JPG Photo By: LCpl. James Bourgeois

Apr 1, 2019
COLONIAL GROVE MEMORIAL, VIRGINIA - Marines with Marine Barracks Washington D.C., support a full honors funeral for retired Marine Lt. Col. Howard V. Lee, Medal of Honor recipient, at Colonial Grove Memorial Park, Virginia Beach, Virginia, March 30, 2019. Lee received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Vietnam War in August 1966. While on an operation deep in enemy territory, Lee’s platoon was attacked and surrounded by a large Vietnamese force. Realizing his unit suffered numerous casualties and fully aware the platoon remained under heavy attack, Lee took seven men and proceeded by helicopter to provide reinforcements. After fearlessly moving from position to position and encouraging his men to keep fighting, he was wounded by fragments from an enemy grenade in several areas of his body, including his eye. Despite his wounds, Lee continued optimistically throughout the night to direct a valiant defense, coordinate supporting fires, and apprise higher headquarters of the plight of the platoon. Lee retired at the rank in 1975, after 20 years of service. Lee passed away March 23, 2019; he was 85.


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