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Leonard Murray Lee, USN POW/MIA
Arlington National Cemetery
Capt. Lee's remains were
recovered on 14 July99, were Identified on 27 July00
Interred 04 09-2000
(See News Release Below)
LEE, LEONARD MURRAY
Name: Leonard Murray Lee
Rank/Branch: O4/US Navy
Unit: Fighter Squadron 114, USS KITTY HAWK (CVA 63)
Date of Birth: 08 July 1935
Home City of Record: Pulaski VA
Date of Loss: 27 December 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 10600N 1054400E
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Incident: Roger B. Innes (missing)
LtCdr. Leonard Lee had one of the most sought jobs for a pilot. Heflew aboard the F4 Phantom fighter jet. The aircraft saw so much combat in Vietnam that during the two year period of 1965 and 1966, 54 F4C's were lost. The C, D and E versions also downed 107 enemy MiGs. The Phantom's combat radius exceeded 900 miles and featured a maximum level speed of over Mach 2. Its navigation system was comprehensive and could guide the aircraft at a wide variety of levels and speeds. The navigation and bombing equipment was mostly operated by the "guy in back", the second man aboard. When Lee flew on an armed reconnaissance mission two days after Christmas 1967, his backseater was LTJG Roger B. Innes. Lee and Innes were to fly the lead aircraft in a section of two at Cap Falaise, North Vietnam. Lee reported a target, but had to position himself for a better strike angle due to poor weather. At this time his wingman was able to release his ordnance on the target. Radio communications with Lee's aircraft confirmed the strike. Lee began his bombing run immediately behind his wingman and was lost from the radar scope of the E2A radar control aircraft. No further contact was made with his aircraft. The wingman was unable to observe Lee due to his relative position and the overcast weather in the area, and proceeded out to sea in accordance with their mission briefing in case of emergency. A search and rescue effort was initiated but to no avail. No wreckage was sighted, and no emergency radio beacons were heard in the strike area. No anti-aircraft fire had been seen in the target area. Lee and Inne's aircraft went down about 50 miles west and slightly south of the city of Thanh Hoa in Nghe An Province, North Vietnam. Both men were classified Missing In Action. No one knew for sure if they bailed out successfully or died when their plane went down. A later intelligence report indicated that they were dead, but that information was never substantiated. The two remained missing, and their fates uncertain. Nearly 2500 Americans remain missing from American involvement in Indochina. Evidence continues to mount that some of them are alive and held captive. The tragedy is that these men who willingly served their country were abandoned -and know it. Isn't it time we brought them home? Leonard M. Lee was promoted to the rank of Captain, and Roger B. Innes was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander during the period they were maintained missing.
Vietnam War Memorial: 32E Row: 076
F-4B Phantom II
The below letter was sent to the President of the United States, The Vice President of the United States, Congressman Davis, and Senators Warner and Robb:
I am writing to inquire what action is being
taken to bring home our POW/MIAs from Vietnam/Laos.
Of particular interest is Capt. Leonard M. Lee USN who has been MIA since
27 December 1967. Capt. LEE was
shot down over North Vietnam.
advise what is being done to bring Capt. Lee home as well as all of our
POW/MIAs. All of these servicemen fought for our nation, they deserve
to be brought home.
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