Lee, Wendell Ray, CMSgt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Chief Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 757-Radio Operator- Mechanic-Gunner, AAF MOS
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1961-1964, McClellan Air Force Base
Service Years
1943 - 1963
Chief Master Sergeant

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Home State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Paul's Valley, OK
Last Address
Novato, CA

Date of Passing
Jan 10, 2010
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION 59 SITE 3876

 Official Badges 

Air Force Retired Communications Specialist


 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
  2010, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


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LEE, Wendell Ray 

Age 84, passed away in his sleep, Sunday January 10, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Anita Lee, his two sons Tommy Ryan Lee and Terry Donald Lee, his grandchildren Ryan, Joseph, Amanda, David, and Jackie and by his great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Jeanne Ross.

Wendell was born Aug. 19, 1925 in Pauls Valley, Okla., to Genevieve and Lawrence Lee. He graduated from Pauls Valley High School in 1942 and attended Oklahoma State University before joining the Army in 1943. He served 20 years on active duty in the United States Air Force. Lee flew 23 missions with the 8th Air Force over Europe and returned home to marry Anita Calkins, the love of his life. He went on to serve in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, retiring at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant (E-9). His service decorations include the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal with two bronze service stars, European/African/Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

After his retirement from Hamilton Air Force Base in Novato, Calif., he worked as the general manager of a local cable television company for 15 years, earning the nickname ''TV Lee''. He was a member of the Hamilton-Petaluma Masonic Lodge 180, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Disabled Veterans, and the 490th Bomb Group Association, the Novato Rotary Club and the Sacramento Woodworkers Association.

A viewing will be held at Keaton's Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato, on January 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Hamilton Center Unity Chapel on January 31 at 3 p.m., with a reception to follow. Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
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2003 Interview w/ CMSgt Lee:

http://www.combataircrew.org/PDF/B-17%20Radio%20Op%20Wendell%20Ray%20Lee.pdf
   
   
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 Unit Assignments
490th Bombardment Group, HeavyAir Force Bases/ Installations
  1944-1945, 490th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1945-1951, Hamilton Air Force Base
  1951-1953, Elmendorf Air Force Base
  1953-1955, McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Knoxville
  1955-1960, Hamilton Air Force Base
  1961-1964, McClellan Air Force Base
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1962-1963 Vietnam Advisory Campaign (1961-65)
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Oklahoma State University
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