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VADM Willis Augustus “Ching” Lee Jr.

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VADM Willis Augustus “Ching” Lee Jr.

Birth
Natlee, Owen County, Kentucky, USA
Death 25 Aug 1945 (aged 57)
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 6 Plot 5691
Memorial ID 13755014 View Source

Willis "Ching" Lee was born in the rural town of Natlee in Owen County, Kentucky. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1908. Over the next two decades, he served in several ships and on shore duty as an inspector of ordnance, while also representing the Navy in rifle competitions. He was Commanding Officer of three destroyers during the 1920s and attended the Naval War College late in that decade.During the 1930s and early 1940s, Lee was several times assigned to the Fleet Training Division, commanded the light cruiser Concord , and served on the staff of Commander, Cruisers, Battle Force. In early 1942, following his promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral, Lee became Assistant Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet.In August 1942, Rear Admiral Lee was sent to the Pacific to command a battleship division. Flying his flag in the battleship Washington , he was active through the Guadalcanal Campaign and led his force to victory over a Japanese surface group in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on the night of November 14 1942. He was later promoted and placed in charge of the Pacific Fleet's fast battleships.In May 1945, he was sent to the Atlantic to command a special unit researching defenses against the Kamikaze threat. While serving in that position on August 25 1945, Vice Admiral Willis A. Lee died suddenly after suffering a heart attack.


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  • Created by: Mark S
  • Added: 27 Mar 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 13755014
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/13755014/willis-augustus-lee : accessed ), memorial page for VADM Willis Augustus “Ching” Lee Jr. (11 May 1888–25 Aug 1945), Find a Grave Memorial ID 13755014, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Mark S (contributor 46591236) .