First Lt. Weston C. Lee, 25, of Bluffton, Ga, a decorated U.S. Army paratrooper assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina was killed by an IED blast while on patrol April 29, 2017 as part of an advise-and-assist mission near Mosul.

Lee joined the Army in March 2015 and deployed to Iraq in December. He was a platoon leader on his first deployment at the time of his death.

Lee was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal. He was also the recipient of awards and decorations including the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Parachutist Badge, and the Army Service Ribbon.

“1st Lieutenant Wes Lee was an extraordinary young man and officer. He was exactly the type of leader that our Paratroopers deserve,” commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team Colonel Pat Work said in a statement. “Our sincere condolences and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Last week, First Lt. Weston C. Lee’s body returned home.

A scholarship fund in honor of Weston C. Lee was set up by Colin Marney, a fraternity brother of Lee’s from the University of North Georgia. As of Tuesday, more than $57,000 was raised through a GoFundMe account.

According to the GoFundMe page:

We have solidified how this scholarship will be established, and are working at creating a Board of Directors for the scholarship. The funds collected (with an amount so far undetermined which will be set aside to assist the Lee family) will be deposited into a scholarship endowment with the University of North Georgia. The qualifications of the scholarship are tentative, but we want to make it clear that this scholarship will be accessible to all contracted cadets at UNG, not just brothers of SAE.

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