Everett Lee Avery
Lee was born in Quincy Illinois on 5 August 1943. He joined the United States Air Force, 6 February 1961. He was a 27150, Air Operations Specialist, A2C, while in the Air Force. He was discharged in 12 April 1966 when he switched to the United States Army. Lee joined the Army on 13 April 1966 as a Specialist 5. He went to basic training at Fort Polk Louisiana and to Fort Wolters Texas for his initial helicopter training. Lee graduated from the United States Army Rotary Wing Aviation course at Fort Rucker Alabama, where he also became a Warrant Officer, in 1967. He completed the Infantry commissioned officers' basic course in 1970 and the advanced officers' course in 1974. Lee was in the military for 20 years - 9 years as an enlisted man and warrant officer and 11 years as a commissioned officer. While in the military, Lee received the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with 3 bronze service stars, Army Aviator Badge, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and the Army Commendation Medal in 1977 and in 1980. Lee married Susan Dorinda Brown on 19 December 19, 1966 in Houston Texas. There are three sons: Samuel and his wife Carol, William and his wife Melinda, and Christopher and his wife Kimberly. Joshua Lee and Hannah Avery are his two grandchildren. During his civilian career, Lee worked for Mitsubishi Aircraft International in San Angelo Texas, North American Rockwell Corporation in El Segundo and Palmdale California, Hughes Missile Corporation in Canoga Park California, Lockheed Corporation in Austin Texas and General Dynamics Corporation in San Diego California. Lee died on 12 September 1986 in San Angelo Texas.