JUST IN: More Details Emerge On Saturday’s Death Of US Serviceman

This US Army handout photograph released April 30, 2017 shows 1st Lieutenant Weston C. Lee, 25, of Bluffton, Georgia, an 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper who was killed April 29, 2017 in Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated during a patrol outside Mosul. US casualties in Iraq dropped to near zero after most American troops were withdrawn in 2011, but rose again to 17 last year, and seven so far this year with the latest death, according to the iCasualties.org website, which tracks coalition deaths and injuries. US forces have taken part, mostly in an advisory capacity, since last October in a hard-fought, multinational effort to wrest control of Mosul from the Islamic State group. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND US ARMY / US Army / XGTY == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / US ARMY" / NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == (Photo credit should read US ARMY/AFP/Getty Images)

Details concerning the US serviceman, First Lieutenant Weston Lee, who died on Saturday have been released.

The Army officer was a Georgia native and was on his first deployment.


First Lieutenant Weston C. Lee, 25, of Bluffton, Georgia was an infantry officer assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team in the 82nd Airborne Division.

Lee joined the Army in March 2015 and was assigned as a platoon leader to the 2nd Brigade. He deployed to Iraq in December 2016. It was Lee’s first deployment.

The fallen soldier has been immensely honored for his service:

Lee was a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Parachutist Badge and the Army Service Ribbon.

Lee was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal.


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