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Lewis G. Lee

Lewis G. Lee
13th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps (1995-1999)
Born (1950-01-19) January 19, 1950
North Carolina
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1968-1999
Rank Sergeant Major
Commands held Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Purple Heart (2)

Sergeant Major Lewis G. Lee served as the 13th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps (1995–1999). He retired from active duty in 1999 after over 31 years of service.


Lewis Lee was born on 19 January 1950 in North Carolina, and enlisted in the Marine Corps on 28 March 1968. He graduated from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in May 1968, and completed Infantry Training at Camp Lejeune in July 1968.

The following August, Lee was assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion 4th Marines and deployed to South Vietnam, eventually becoming a squad leader and platoon sergeant. In June 1969, he was sent to Sub Unit #1 U.S. Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, and remained there for seven months. In March 1970 until December 1971, he served at Weapons and Tactics Instructor with the Infantry Training Regiment at Camp Lejeune. He then served as a Drill Instructor and Instructor at DI School Staff at Parris Island.

In August 1975, Lee was sent to the 3rd Marine Division to become the Operations Chief for the division's Headquarters Battalion. The next year, he was Assistant Marine Officer Instructor in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit at The Citadel. he became the platoon sergeant for the Officer Candidates School's NROTC Bulldog Course in the summer of 1977, and became the First Sergeant the following year.

In August 1979, Lee was the First Sergeant of Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, and later moved to Lima Company. He became the Inspector/Instructor Staff First Sergeant for Company B, 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion at Jacksonville, Florida, in January 1981, until October 1983. Lee was transferred to 2nd Battalion 4th Marines at Camp Lejeune. After getting promoted to Sergeant Major on 1 January 1984, he became the Sergeant Major of 2nd Recruit Training Battalion at MCRD Parris Island in

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