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Silver Star  Citation
Silver Star Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant Lee R. Bays (ASN: 19760130), United States Army, for gallantry in action on 16 February 1967. Sergeant Bays distinguished himself while a Squad Leader with Company A, 1st Battalion, 22d Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. His company was engaged in a search and destroy operation when it came under fierce attack by a large enemy force. Initially pinned down by hostile automatic weapons fire, Sergeant Bays quickly retrieved a machine gun from a fallen comrade and placed devastating fire on the enemy. He repeatedly disregarded his own personal safety to evacuate many of the wounded who were lying in exposed areas. Sergeant Bays again braved deadly fire to reach the fallen gunner and obtain desperately needed ammunition. He then laid down a covering fire which permitted the continued evacuation of the wounded. Learning that the enemy had overrun a machine gun position and had turned the weapon on his own troops, Sergeant Bays single-handedly attacked the position and recaptured the machine gun. Once more, he began evacuating the wounded amid a hail of enemy bullets, until he himself received mortal wounds. His matchless courage, unwavering determination and unselfish devotion to the welfare of his fellow soldiers spurred his men to greater effort. Sergeant Bay's unimpeachable valor in close combat against a superior enemy force was in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. General Orders: Headquarters, 4th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 415 (March 27, 1967) Action Date: February 16, 1967 Service: Army Rank: Sergeant Company: Company A Battalion: 1st Battalion Regiment: 22d Infantry Regiment Division: 4th Infantry Division
Feb 16, 2014

Manuel  Pino B/2/8th Cav 68-69
Fellow Vietnam Army Vet
A/1/22nd Inf Rgt, 4th Inf Div

NOW SLEEP Peace has come. Now you can truly sleep,my son. The muddy field where you were laid Flag-draped, will now be green. Redbud and cherry blossoms can be seen Soon in bloom above your head. Arlington's Eternal Flame Flickers across granite rows To illuminate your name And then beneath it (with lightning's calm) Strikes in black the word VIETNAM On your own stone. Peace has come. Your medals may turn green In time, like your beret But forever there are those who'll say, "I live because he cared he came!"

Jan 20, 2008

manny  g
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. “He which hath no stomach, to this fight, let him depart. But we in it, shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.” Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless you, for your Sacrifice!!!
Feb 16, 2007

Grateful American
Fellow Californian
American Hero
Thank you, Sgt., Bays, for your ultimate sacrifice. Rest well, brave soldier and rest assured, that you, Sir, are not forgotten.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Angela Kraft
Just sharing his story
A Co, 1/22, 4 Infantry Div, Operation Sam Houston
Lee R Bays was a member of A Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. He and 20 other men were killed in action during Operation Sam Houston. For more info on the history of the battle and to see his name listed among the KIA's please go to
Friday, December 27, 2002

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