Lee, Kurt, Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1966-1968, 0302, Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC)
Service Years
1944 - 1968
Foreign Languages
Chinese
Japanese
Vietnamese
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Major

 
 

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1926
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Marine Maj Kurt Lee.
 
Contact Info
Home Town
San Francisco
Last Address
Arlington, VA

Date of Passing
Mar 03, 2014
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

USMC Retired Pin (20 Years)


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Golden Dragon Cold War Medal Southeast Asia War Games


 Military Association Memberships
Legion Of Valor
  1968, Legion Of Valor


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Major Kurt Chew-Een Lee retired from the USMC in 1968.  He holds the distinction of being the 1st Asian-American to hold a regular commission in Marine Corps history.  Following his retirement, Maj. Lee worked for the New York Life Insurance Company for seven years.  In 1975 he began working as a Regulatory Compliance Coordinator for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.  He held that position for nearly twenty years.  He is now completely retired and living in Arlington, VA.
   
Other Comments:
In 2000, the California Military Museum mounted describing the bravery and military service of the three Lee brothers.  In a 2002 speech about the Chosin Reservoir battle, General Ray Davis said that Maj. Lee was the bravest Marine he ever knew.

The story of Lee's bravery in the Korean War was the subject of a documentary produced by the Smithsonian Channel.  The documentary, titled "Uncommon Courage: Breakout at Chosin", was broadcast on Memorial Day, May 31, 2010.

Major Lee's superior officers criticized him for his aggressive "chip-on-shoulder" attitude.  Lee responded to his critics by saying that the chip "is my teaching tool to dispel ignorance".  The Major had experienced a lot of attitudes that held Chinese-Americans" as very timid.
   
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1944, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
  1945, The Basic School (Quantico, VA), X
 Unit Assignments
MCRD (Cadre) San Diego, CAThe Basic SchoolFleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)1st Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (1/7)
USMC (United States Marine Corps)III MEF/3rd Marine DivisionMarine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC)
  1944-1945, 8013, MCRD (Cadre) San Diego, CA/Special Training Branch
  1945-1946, 9901, The Basic School
  1946-1950, 0250, Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)
  1950-1950, 0302, 1st Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (1/7)
  1950-1962, 0302, Infantry Units
  1962-1965, 9905, The Basic School
  1965-1966, 0203, HQ Co/G-2
  1966-1968, 0302, Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 World War II
  1946-1949 Operation Beleaguer (China)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Battle of the Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
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