LEE M HALSTEAD
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HONORED ON PANEL 42W, LINE 41 OF THE WALL

LEE MICHAEL HALSTEAD

WALL NAME

LEE M HALSTEAD

PANEL / LINE

42W/41

DATE OF BIRTH

11/22/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/29/1968

HOME OF RECORD

LANSING

COUNTY OF RECORD

Eaton County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

1LT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR LEE MICHAEL HALSTEAD
POSTED ON 4.18.2014
POSTED BY: Ron Sober

A VALUED FRIEND, A BIG MAN

Lee and I went to high school together and he was a valued friend He ended up a 1st LT. Aircraft Commander on a Huey so his life expectancy was short in 1968 Vietnam. I had dated Lee’s sister in high school. I ran into her in the hallway of the local community college in late 1968. I remember asking her how Lee was, not knowing at the time that he had been shot down. I felt absolutely terrible.

Then we all had to watch the misguided minority (not an ethnic minority) on the streets of America treat our returning soldiers like human rubbish when they returned from combat. Our illustrious government decided that the right way to discharge them was to take them out of the line of fire one day and place them on America’s streets the next. No decompression. No readjustment. They went from months of one finger pulling a trigger rapid firing three shots at a time toward the enemy to looking at middle fingers and expletives pointed at them when they get off the plane, train, bus, or cab.

I lost five friends that I know of in Vietnam. I must have lost twenty Vietnam vet friends to the woods of Oregon, Washington state, Idaho, Montana and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula who felt compelled to get the hell away from a society who treated them like dirt. Some made it back to mainstream society, some never did.

Breaks my heart. I know that if Lee had lived and made it home that he would have gone on to a successful and rich life, just as he had built up to the moment of his death. He would have found a way to be bigger than the hate that walked the streets, a hate that was too ignorant to understand that wars are waged by governments, but fought by "real" men and women who bleed and die until the politicians decide to stop the war.

God Bless Lee Halstead, and all of the other men and women who have given what was asked by their country in the name of right and wrong.
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POSTED ON 9.21.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear 1LT Lee Michael Halstead, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 12.14.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Lee is buried at Deepdale Memorial Park, Lansing,MI. NC PH
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POSTED ON 9.29.2010
POSTED BY: A Marine

Navy Cross Citation

Navy Cross

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Lee Michael Halstead (MCSN: 0-94751), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Pilot with Marine Light Helicopter Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-SEVEN (HML-167), Marine Aircraft Group SIXTEEN, First Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam. On 29 August 1968, Lieutenant Halstead was Aircraft Commander aboard an armed UH-1E helicopter providing support for a UH-34 helicopter assigned to evacuate three wounded Marines from an area southwest of DaNang in Quang Nam Province. Seeking to determine the source of enemy fire, he boldly commenced a low-level pass over the friendly position and immediately came under intense hostile fire, which struck a box of ammunition in the crew's compartment. As the evacuation helicopter prepared to land, Lieutenant Halstead skillfully delivered covering fire on the hostile positions. Suddenly, the transport aircraft was damaged by enemy fire and crash-landed in hostile territory 500 meters from the friendly unit. With complete disregard for his own safety, Lieutenant Halstead commenced an approach to the disabled aircraft while simultaneously expending all remaining rockets and delivering a heavy volume of machine-gun fire around the damaged helicopter. Although the evacuation aircraft was receiving intense enemy antitank rocket and small-arms fire, he fearlessly continued his gallant efforts and executed a landing beside the downed crew members. Despite the hostile fire impacting nearby, he steadfastly remained on the ground until all the survivors had boarded his aircraft and, skillfully maneuvering his dangerously overloaded helicopter through the accurate fire, sustained additional damage as he departed the hazardous area. His heroic actions and extraordinary aeronautical skill inspired all who observed him and undoubtedly saved the lives of five Marines. By his courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and selfless devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger, Lieutenant Halstead sustained and enhanced the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

Action Date: 29-Aug-68

Service: Marine Corps Reserve

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 167 (HML-167)

Regiment: Marine Aircraft Group 16 (MAG-16)

Division: 1st Marine Aircraft Wing
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POSTED ON 9.29.2008
POSTED BY: Michigan Remembers Her Fallen Sons

Lest We Forget

ONE OF MICHIGAN'S FALLEN SONS
We will not forget you LEE MICHAEL HALSTEAD. RIP
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