2017-05-17 / Front Page

Community Remembers First Lieutenant Weston C. Lee

American flags in front of First Lt. Weston Lee’s home in Bluffton 
Photo by The Southern Tribune American flags in front of First Lt. Weston Lee’s home in Bluffton Photo by The Southern Tribune Flags flew at half mast last week across most of southwest Georgia as the area mourned the death of First Lieutenant Weston C. Lee of Bluffton. Weston, the son of Eddie and Aldene Lee and a 25-year-old platoon leader with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, was killed Saturday, April 29, 2017, by an improvised explosive device outside Mosul, Iraq.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry

Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC.

“First Lieutenant Wes Lee was an extraordinary young man and officer. He was exactly the type of leader that our paratroopers deserve,” Col. Pat Work, Commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team said in a prepared statement. “Our sincere condolences and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Lt. Weston C. Lee Lt. Weston C. Lee Col. Work noted Lee was awarded the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal posthumously. “God has gained Himself one hell of a soldier,” Lee’s brother, Chester said.

Weston was a 2010 graduate of Southwest Georgia Academy in Damascus where he played football and baseball. He graduated from the University of North Georgia ROTC--the Military College of Georgia and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in December of 2014. He joined the Army in March, 2015, and was deployed to Iraq in December 2016. This was his first deployment.

Bluffton’s Mayor, Freddie Odom signed a resolution last Monday night renaming the city’s park to “Weston C. Lee Veterans Memorial Park.”

Lt. Lee’s body was transported from Ft. Benning on Friday of last week by a procession of law enforcement officers led by the Georgia State Patrol. Many gathered on Highway 27 in the vicinity of Lee’s home in Bluffton to pay tribute to the young solider.

A visitation was held at Ft. Gaines United Methodist Church Friday, May 12, from 6-8 p.m. and a memorial service Saturday at the Early County High School Auditorium was held at 2 p.m. The burial will be at a yet to be determined date at Arlington National Cemetery.

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