On the death of Colonel William A. Lee.

Agreed to by the House of Delegates, January 29, 1999
Agreed to by the Senate, February 4, 1999

WHEREAS, Colonel William A. Lee, a veteran of World Wars I and II and one of the most highly decorated Marines in the history of the Corps, died on December 27, 1998; and

WHEREAS, in a lifetime that nearly spanned the 20th century, William Lee experienced battle during World War I in France, jungle fighting in Nicaragua during the late 1920s, and nearly four years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II; and

WHEREAS, William Lee’s skills and courage won him three Navy Crosses for bravery and the respect of many future military leaders, including the legendary Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, who gave Lee his nickname “Ironman”; and

WHEREAS, following World War II and his release from the Japanese prisoner of war camp, Gunnery Sergeant William Lee was assigned to Quantico, where he was quickly promoted through the ranks to lieutenant colonel, a rank he held when he retired from the Marines in 1950; and

WHEREAS, Colonel Lee was a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, American Legion Post 28 of Dumfries, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3103, the Navy League of Richmond, and the Marine Corps League; and

WHEREAS, an honorary member of the Cherokee Nation, Colonel William Lee was a charter member of the Fredericksburg Rod and Gun Club and the Fredericksburg Civil War Roundtable; and

WHEREAS, during his extraordinary Marine Corps career William Lee held every rank from private through colonel, earned a reputation as a fearsome fighter and an expert marksman, and lived a career of unparalleled bravery and achievement; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly mourn the death of an American hero, Colonel William A. Lee; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Colonel William A. Lee as an expression of the high regard in which his memory is held by the members of the General Assembly and the citizens of the Commonwealth.

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