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US Army Private First Class Milton A. Lee

February 26, 1949 - April 26, 1968

 
 
US Army Private First Class Milton A. Lee Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, April 26, 2021
1. US Army Private First Class Milton A. Lee Marker
Inscription.  

Although he was not a resident of Kendall County, Lee, who was abandoned by his parents at a young age, spent countless evenings, weekends, and summers in Kendall County with his best friend, Charles Nelson. Nelson's mother, Charlene Lori Ives Nelson, claimed Lee as one of her own.

On April 26, 1968, Lee's company was on a sweep near the A Shau Valley, Republic of Vietnam. Lee was serving as the radiotelephone operator for the lead platoon. A surprise attack by the North Vietnamese Army dropped half of the platoon, including its commander. Lee not only demonstrated great presence of mind by calmly radioing details of the platoon's situation, he also moved boldly across the battlefield to gather up the wounded and help them to the aid station.

When the advance resumed, Lee was in the front ranks. He spotted four enemy combatants setting up a machine gun and grenade launcher. Lee handed off his radio to another soldier and charged the machine gun nest, thereby securing the location.

Lee could have stopped there, but he saw another enemy position and once again charged the enemy. Lee and his platoon were
The US Army Private First Class Milton A. Lee Marker is the marker on the right of the two markers image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, April 26, 2021
2. The US Army Private First Class Milton A. Lee Marker is the marker on the right of the two markers
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able to maneuver forward and take the position, but Lee was wounded grievously in the process. Lee died that day before medics could reach him, but his heroic efforts would not be forgotten.

Milton A. Lee was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty for his actions while serving with the 101st Airborne Division on April 26, 1968, near the A Shau Valley, Republic of Vietnam.
 
Erected 2014 by City of Boerne - Parks and Recreation.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, Vietnam. A significant historical date for this entry is April 26, 1968.
 
Location. 29° 47.148′ N, 98° 43.707′ W. Marker is in Boerne, Texas, in Kendall County. Memorial can be reached from the intersection of South Main Street (Business U.S. 87) and Hickman Street. The memorial is located in the center of the Veterans Plaza. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 801 South Main Street, Boerne TX 78006, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. US Army Spc. James M. Kiehl (here, next to this marker); Veterans Plaza Vietnam War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Veterans Plaza World War II Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Veterans Plaza Korean War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Veterans Plaza World War I Memorial
The main view of the Veterans Plaza image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, April 26, 2021
3. The main view of the Veterans Plaza
(a few steps from this marker); US Air Force Captain Mark "Tyler" Voss (a few steps from this marker); Weyrich Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Peter's Catholic Church (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boerne.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 25, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 26, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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