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Pentagon Identifies U.S. Army Paratrooper Killed By IED Blast In Iraq

May 01, 2017

On Sunday, the Pentagon identified the soldier killed while fight ISIS in Iraq on Saturday as decorated U.S. Army paratrooper 1st Lieutenant Weston C. Lee from Bluffton, Georgia. Lee was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated while he was on patrol on April 29. Lee, 25, was an infantry officer assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

“1st Lieutenant Wes Lee was an extraordinary young man and officer. He was exactly the type of leader that our Paratroopers deserve,” commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team Colonel Pat Work said in a statement. “Our sincere condolences and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

The Pentagon said that the incident that caused Lee’s death is under investigation. He was the third U.S. Army soldier to die overseas fighting ISIS this week after two Rangers were killed during a firefight in Afghanistan.

Lee was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal. He was also the recipient of awards and decorations including  the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Parachutist Badge, and the Army Service Ribbon.