Service Company, 511 PIR
04/03/22 - 09/24/88 (Age 66)
Citations: Bronze Star with two devices, Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Badge, Philippine Liberation Medal with service star, the American Defense Medal, and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three Battle Stars and one Arrowhead
Locations: Camp Mackall, Camp Polk, Camp Stoneman, New Guinea, Leyte, Luzon, Japan
Hung "Bob" Oak Lee was born in Toishan, China in 1922. He immigrated to the United States as a teenager. He enlisted in the U.S Army on January 29,1943. He served in the 511 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division. He was one of the few Chinese Americans in his Regiment and was known ironically as "The Swede". The 511th PIR's motto was “Strength From Above”. Bob completed Basic Training and was awarded the Parachutist Badge in November of 1943 before being assigned to the 511th PIR. He participated in the Asiatic Pacific Theater for 20 months and was authorized for three Bronze Stars for participation in the New Guinea, Leyte and Luzon Campaigns. He was authorized for the Philippines Liberation Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and Good Conduct Medal. He received a Purple Heart for wounds suffered in the Leyte Campaign. After the war, he served in the Occupational Forces in Japan. He passed away in 1988 and is survived by his son, daughter, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
To learn more about the 11th Airborne Division in World War II, please consider purchasing a copy of our books on the Angels:
2. DOWN FROM HEAVEN: THE HISTORY OF THE 11TH AIRBORNE DIVISION IN WORLD WAR II - VOL 1. CAMP TOCCOA THROUGH LEYTE CAMPAIGN, available in the regimental online store, on Amazon or wherever military history books are sold.