Don, a Distinguished Flying Cross Medal recipient, never asked for credit (16 HQ Photos)

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"Lt. Colonel Donald Harwood Lee, Jr.(Ret), 90, of Eufaula, succumbed to cancer on February 20, 2011 in Edmond and is home with the Lord. Donald was born on June 27, 1920 in Ypsilanti, Michigan to Donald and Hazel Estelle Lee. He attended and graduated from Ypsilanti High School in 1938. Following college at the University of Michigan, Donald entered the United States Army Air Corps. He served in World War II and in the Korean War as a fighter pilot. For his service, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart, among others.
Don was my father in law, he flew, P-40, P-51, his favorite the P-38, in WW2, and the F-86 in Korea. The fact that he never bragged, never asked for credit, he simply did what needed to be done. Among the awards he was given, he recieved the bronze star with clusters, meaning he basically recieved three bronze stars, the Distinguished Flying Cross was the medal he was most proud of. He was a humble man that asked nothing of anyone he wasn't willing to give of himself."

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  • mongoose

    R.I.P. Lt. Lee.

    Rick – Those are some great pics of those old warbirds. Keep up the great work!

    • Rick

      thank you

  • Mikey

    R.I.P Lt. Lee, thank you for your service!

  • Steve

    R.I.P Lt. Lee. the world needs more men like you.

    My grandfather was color blind and thus wasn't accepted into the Air Force after Peal Harbor. Instead he jumped out of a plane over france with the 82nd airborne on D-Day. Much like LT. Lee, when he told his stories to us, he made his contribution seem minimal, especially in contrast to those friends he lost. That type of person seems to be a rare breed these days. Men like Lt. Lee and my grandfather, gave everyone they touch with their stories and quite wisdom, a sense of hope that we can one day live with the same level of honor and respect they did.

  • Jack

    R.I.P. Lt. Lee. We thank you and those like you.

    My favorite quote from one who was there:

    I treasure my remark to my grandson who asked, "Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?" Grandpa said, "No… but I served in a company of heroes". – Mike Ranney

  • http://www.vvsmith.com The Mad Zak

    Thank you, and God bless, Don.

  • Jacqueline Lee

    Thank you for posting this about my grandfather!

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