Harry Lee (United States Marine)
June 4, 1872|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Died||May 13, 1935
Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1898–1933|
|Commands held||6th Marine Regiment, MB Parris Island, Marine Corps Base Quantico|
|Awards||Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Honor
Early life and education
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 life and death
Lee died on May 13, 1935 at the Quantico Marine Base.
Awards and 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.
- "MAJOR GEN. HARRY,LEE.; Commandant of Quantico Marine Base Joined Corps in 1898. [Obituary.]". New York Times. May 14, 1935. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- Harry Lee - DANFS Online.