Created on Friday, 03 May 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
A World War II veteran with first-hand experience of Pearl Harbor and World War II spoke Thursday to a group of Benjamin Logan Middle School students about his time in the South Pacific in the early 1940s.
Floyd Lee served four years in the United States Army and was at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed Dec. 7, 1941 — his 22nd birthday.
World War II veteran Floyd Lee speaks to Ben Logan students Thursday. PHOTO | BLMS
Mr. Lee is the great-grandfather of Gabriel Hill, a sixth-grade student at the middle school.
Mr. Lee joined the ROTC program while attending college in Michigan to help pay for his education. He later joined the Army as a first lieutenant.
Mr. Lee spoke about his experiences leading up to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, as well as his time serving in the South Pacific Islands during WWII. He showed the students maps of where he served on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Okinawa and Saipan during World War II and explained the work that his platoon completed while on the island, which included building roads and bridges.
Mr. Lee added that the real heroes of World War II and at Pearl Harbor were the ones who lost their lives serving their country.
He told the students to study hard and learn as much as they could in school and they would have a happy life.