Lost: 1979 Found: N/A Returned: 26 January 2016 Location: San Antonio, Texas
On January 26, 2016, the stolen Purple Heart of Vietnam hero and Medal of Honor recipient PFC Milton Arthur Lee was replaced and returned to his family in San Antonio, Texas thanks to Purple Hearts Reunited.
Private First Class Milton Arthur Lee was born 28 February 1949 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Mr. and Mrs. George Lee. After graduating from Harlandale High School, Lee joined the Army from San Antonio, Texas in 1967, and by April 26, 1968 was serving as a private first class in 3rd Platoon, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). During a firefight on that day, near Phu Bai in Thua Thien Province, Republic of Vietnam, Lee single-handedly destroyed an enemy emplacement and was mortally wounded while attacking a second. Lee, aged 19 at his death, was buried in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas. For his actions that day, he was award the Congressional Medal of Honor.
His awards and decorations consist of the Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1960 Device, Parachutist Wings, and Combat Infantry Badge.
In the 1970s, his Posthumous Purple Heart was stolen from his family home. Since then, the family has been searching for a way to secure a replacement to honor his legacy. Thanks to Purple Hearts Reunited, a replacement medal was secured and presented to the family.
Receiving the medals was PFC Lee’s Aunt, Mrs. Betty Landry.