Harry Lee (United States Marine)

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Harry Lee
Harry Lee.jpg
Born (1872-06-04)June 4, 1872
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Died May 13, 1935(1935-05-13) (aged 62)
Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1898–1933
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands held 6th Marine Regiment, MB Parris Island, Marine Corps Base Quantico

Spanish–American War
World War I

Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Legion of Honor

Harry Lee (June 4, 1872 – May 13, 1935) was a decorated Major General in the United States Marine Corps and a governor of Santo Domingo.

Early life and education[edit]

Lee was born in Washington, D.C. on 4 June 1872 and was appointed as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps for the Spanish–American War on 2 August 1898. He served at the Havana Naval Station during the war, and following it, aboard various ships of the United States Navy and many Marine Corps stations.


Lee took command of the 6th Marine Regiment in 1917, following the United States's entry into World War I. He led the unit through the battles at Château-Thierry, St. Mihiel, and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, marching with the Army to the Rhine. After the war, he commanded the Marine brigade in Santo Domingo, sent in 1921 to pacify the Dominican Republic and establish constitutional government. For 3 years, he served as military governor of the country.

Later, Lee commanded Marine Barracks, Parris Island. On 1 March 1933, he assumed command of the Marine Corps Base Quantico.[1]

Later life and death[edit]

Lee died on May 13, 1935 at the Quantico Marine Base.[1]

Awards and decorations[edit]

For World War I service, Lee was awarded the Silver Star, Navy and also Army versions of the Distinguished Service Medal, the French Legion of Honor, and other decorations.


  • USS Harry Lee (APA-10) was named after Lee.
  • Harry Lee hall on Marine Corps base Quantico is named for him and is the home to the promotions branch of Headquarters Marine Corps.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.