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 Lee Roy Best, Jr

Lee Roy Best, Jr

Flatonia, Fayette County, Texas, USA
Death 16 Apr 1945 (aged 22)
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Plot Section S, Site 144
Memorial ID 363304 · View Source
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Parents: Lee Roy Best and Amelia Beale

PFC Best was taken prisoner by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge and kept in Stalag 9B at Bad Org, Heassen-Nassau, Prussia, which was the worst POW camp in Germany. Records indicate he was either executed or killed while trying to escape.
Pfc. Lee R. Best Jr. Re-interred at Fort Sam Houston Dec. 14

The body of Pfc. Lee Roy Best Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Roy Best of Flatonia, was returned to this country for reburial. Services were held at the National Cemetery, Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14. Interment was made in the National Cemetery, Fort Sam Houston. He had reached the age of 21 years, 6 months and 18 days at the time of his death on April 16, 1945.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Roy Best of Flatonia; one sister, Mrs. R.J. Daniel of Sierra Blanca; two half-sisters, Mrs. Mildred Cockrell of Seguin and Mrs. Willie Kay Huff of Flatonia. His mother preceded him in death in 1940.

Young Best was reared in the Flatonia community and attended school at String Prairie.

He entered the U.S. Army on Dec. 15, 1942 and received his basic training at Camp Roberts, Calif., later transferred from the field artillery to the infantry and received further training at Fort Blanding, Fla., Camp McCoy, Wis., and Camp Atterbury, Ind., from where he was sent overseas as a member of the 423rd Infantry, 106th Division.

At the time of his death he was a prisoner of war of the Germans, having been captured on Dec. 21, 1944 in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. He was held a prisoner of war at Stalag 9B, Germany, and it was here where he died.

Mr. and Mrs. Best received a letter with the following words from Lee Roy's commanding officer, Col. John T. Zellars: "You may rest assured that he served meritoriously and died honorably. Lee was held in high regard by all those who were acquainted with him. He was, indeed, a splendid soldier and his standards and habits were admirably high. His loss will be deeply felt by his many friends.

The Flatonia Argus, Flatonia, Texas, Volume 73, No. 51, Edition 1, Thursday, December 16, 1948, page 1
Contributed by: Betty Fajkus Marek

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  • Maintained by: Paula J
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 363304
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lee Roy Best, Jr (28 Sep 1922–16 Apr 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 363304, citing Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Paula J (contributor 46489742) .