Second Lieutenant Daniel W. Lee, Sr.


Second Lieutenant Daniel W. Lee, Sr.

Daniel W. Lee, Sr. joined the Army from his birthplace of Alma, Georgia, in March 1942. He was eventually commissioned a second lieutenant from Army Officer Candidate School. By 2 September 1944 he was serving in Troop A, 117th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron.  On that day at Montrevel, France, he attacked an enemy mortar position. Despite being seriously wounded in his approach, he successfully killed or drove off all of the German soldiers. After the fight had raged for hours and our forces had withstood heavy shelling and armor-supported infantry attacks, Second Lieutenant Lee organized a patrol to knock out mortars which were inflicting heavy casualties on the beleaguered reconnaissance troops. He killed 5 of the enemy with rifle fire and the others fled before he reached their position. Fired on by armored car, he took cover behind the German half-track and there found a panzerfaust with which to neutralize this threat. Despite his wounds, he inched his way toward the car through withering machinegun fire, maneuvering into range, and blasted the vehicle with a round from the rocket launcher, forcing it to withdraw.

Lee survived his wounds and was subsequently promoted to first lieutenant.  On 23 January 1946, he was presented with the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman in the White House.

Lee went on to be promoted to the rank of captain and served in the Korean War before leaving the Army. He died at age 65 and was buried at Rose Hill cemetery in his hometown of Alma, Georgia.

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