|Lee Roy Herron Page
My name is Terry Presgrove and I welcome you to this webpage that is dedi-
cated to the memory of Lee Roy Herron. Lee Roy was my XO in Vietnam
from December 1968 until February 22, 1969.
Lee exemplified the true definition of courage and demonstrated unwavering
love for his fellow Marines, by making the ultimate sacrifice on February 22,
1969. As a result of his heroic actions, many in Alpha 1/9 were able to survive
the firefight that fateful day. Lt. Herron stopped to tend to my wounds shortly
before his life was taken. As long as I live, I will never forget the Christian
example and heroism of this fine young Marine officer from Lubbock, Texas.
Much of the materials, presented on this page, are made available largely due
to Lee's close friend David Nelson's efforts and his contribution to keeping Lee
Roy's memory alive.
*See The Revolving Door and The Morning After for further references to
February 22, 1969. Both are found on The Vietnam Quatrain Page.
Many thanks and blessings to David and Lee Roy's Family.
|The Vietnam Quatrain
1945 - 1969
|"A CH53 Sea Stallion lands at Fire Support Base Razor amidst smoke and fog of war.
Infantryment of the 9th Marines and artillerymen of the 12th Marines take a break for Sunday
services by a navy chaplain in a mortar position chapel made of ammo and ration boxes. (DOD)"
Lee Roy Herron is seated with head bowed on the right wearing glasses.
|Herron Memorial Scholarship
Texas Tech Foundation
P.O. Box 41081
Lubbock, Texas 79409-1081
|~ True Love ~
Loved by the family far beyond memory,
So young a man to meet manifest destiny,
Handsomely attired, proud in those dress blues,
Joining a unique band of brothers in cahoots.
The soul journey leads to the Ashau Valley;
Worried sick: Mom & Dad watch each evening tally,
Just for the offhand chance of a frozen glance.
There's no cell phoning home, but he was never alone,
Through faith and duty he walked far beyond the call.
How could any mortal man ever-stand quite so tall?
His courage cannot be revealed in poetic pretense,
The angelic bugler trumped precedence,
A thick fog of war enshrouds the yearned for evidence,
And though more than four decades have elapsed,
We're still cherishing his past
With an ageless final snapshot memorialized by theft.
Reflections remain for those who are left:
His youthful laughter may flee,
But that smile shall never cease,
As long as the good Lord allows our heart to beat.
|A Warrior's Prayer
In the eye of the storm they gathered with sword,
Quietly seated, heads bowed in reverent accord,
Ironic peaceful calm, surrounded by the reality of war,
An " into thy hands," brings the soul a reward,
A few words of encouragement blessed by the Lord,
Combat armed and trained to bring the foe utmost sorrow,
Acknowledging who has the final say on tomorrow.
Make our aim straight to shorten this struggle,
May we always keep the faith through every tussle,
Give us strength and courage when our hearts sink to fail,
Lift us up as a sail, catching the wind of your divine will,
Guarantee our faithfulness, anointing with the promised seal,
Hope of eternal victory lifts our spirits with the desired zeal.
Neither can the pendulum swings of height or depth,
Profound philosophical questions of life and death,
Nations with enmity determining borders or tracts,
Rob us in this realm or the next of this certainty of fact,
That If the Almighty be for us, who can stand against this act?
|Honoring Marine Service-1st Lt Lee R. Herron
Shortly after Christmas of 1968, 1st Lt. Herron arrived in Vietnam, and soon thereafter was
assigned as Executive Officer, Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division.
Company A was under the command of 1st Lt. Wesley Fox. While patrolling in the A Shau Valley in
Quang Tri Privince on 22 February 1969, the lead elements of Company A came under intense fire
and were pinned down by a large North Vietnamese Army force.
The Vietnamese were in bunkers and had a strong machine gun defense. As 1st Lt. Fox was about
to deploy his 2d platoon, a mortar shell impacted among the command group, wounding everyone
except 1st Lt. Herron. 1st Lt. Herron took command of the 2d platoon and led them in the attack on
the machine gun positions. He soon became aware that the volume of fire from two enemy machine
guns was holding the Marines in place. As 1st Lt. Herron's posthumous Navy Cross citation
indicates, "he completely disregarded his own safety as he exposed himself to North Vietnamese
fire to direct a light antitank assault round which scored a direct hit on one of the machine gun
bunkers. Boldly leaping to his feet, he fearlessly charged across the fire-swept terrain to hurl hand
grenades and fire his weapon against the enemy emplacement, killing nine North Vietnamese
soldiers who were in the bunker. While directing his men in the assault on the remaining bunker, 1st
Lt. Herron was mortally wounded by enemy sniper fire. His heroic actions inspired his men to such
aggressive action in coordinated company attack that 105 North Vietnamese soldiers were killed
and the large bunker complex destroyed."
On 3 March 2001, a formal ceremony to honor 1st Lt. Herron was held at Texas Tech University in
Lubbock, Texas. A scholarship bearing his name and now exceeding $60,000, was presented to
Texas Tech's Vietnam Center by his 1963 class of Lubbock High School. Also, a bronze relief of 1st
Lt. Herron produced by high school classmate Norman Flanagan, was unveiled. The keynote
speaker at the event was retired Colonel Wesley Fox, Medal of Honor recipient for his actions
during the same 22 February 1969 battle. Other speakers included retired Lt. Colonel George
Malone, who as a 2d Lieutenant in Company A, was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions 22
February 1969, and Charles "Doc" Hudson, head Navy Corpsman for Company A on that date.
Master of Ceremonies was David Nelson, former Marine and classmate of 1st Lt. Herron.
On 17 May 2002, Jennifer Board, a Texas Tech history graduate student, received the first Lee
Roy Herron Scholarship during a ceremony held at Texas Tech. Ms. Board, the daughter of a
retired Air Force captain, visited Vietnam during the summer to further work on her thesis
comparing the U.S. prisoner of war experiences in Vietnam and Korea