Robert M. Lee, Korean War CasualtyPorter County Data on Korean War Casualties . . . .

Robert M. Lee
Private, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division
Date of Birth: October 23, 1927
Date of Death: April 24, 1951
Burial: Chesterton Cemetery
Cause of Death: Killed in Action (South Korea)
Date of Enlistment: October 12, 1950
Awards: Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean War Service Medal
Hometown: Chesterton

Newspaper Notices:

North County Man Killed In Action On Korean Front

CHESTERTON, May 22 -- Pvt. Robert M. Lee, 23, Chesterton, was killed April 24 in action in Korea, relative in Chesterton were notified Monday by the war department.

He was the third Porter county soldier to die in action in the Korean war.

Pvt. Lee, a 1946 graduate of Chesterton High school, was born Oct. 23, 1927, in LaPorte, and had lived in the Chesterton area since he was two years old.

After his graduation from high school, he worked two years in Smedman's IGA store, Chesterton. He entered the army last Oct. 12 and was stationed at Camp Atterbury and in Washington on the west coast before leaving for Japan and Korea.

He landed in Korea April 6 and was killed in action 18 days later.

Prior to entering the service, he had resided with his grandmother, Mrs. Emma Holst, and uncle, Russell M. Lee, at 615 South 3rd, Chesterton.

Other survivors are his mother, Mrs. Ida Lee, Porter; father, George Lee, Gary; three brothers, Eugene, Chesterton, Charles Jack and Patrick Ray, Porter, and two sisters, Mrs. Emma Prentiss, East Gary, and Miss Eileen Lee, Porter.

Pvt. Robert Lee Emery, 31, Burlington Beach, killed last Oct. 15 in Korean action, and Pfc. Donald E. Walsh, 20, of 354 Lafayette, Valparaiso, were other Porter county victims of the Korean war.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; May 22, 1951; Volume 24, Number 271, Page 1, Columns 6 and 7

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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