- 29 years old
- Date of birth: Nov 11, 1977
- Date of passing: Sep 6, 2007
|Let the memory of Lee be with us forever|
When Lee C. Wilson phoned home from Iraq on July 1, he was in something of a celebratory mood. "If you are there listening to this phone, pick the phone up so I can wish you guys happy Canada Day," Wilson said into theanswering machine at his parents' home. "Love you guys and I'll talk to you all later. Bye." Wilson, 30, a Canadian citizen from Chapel Hill, N.C., was killed by a roadside bomb Sept. 6 in Mosul. He was assigned to Fort Bliss and was in the middle of his fourth deployment. Wilson was born in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. Known to his family as Christian, he moved with his family to North Carolina in 1991, at the age of 13. His father, Lee Edward Wilson, said Christian was mostly a loner who relished outdoor activities, like fishing and hunting. "He used to take our dog and go cross-country skiing," he said. In April 2004, Wilson's unit was deployed to Fallujah to capture the city from Sunni insurgents. "Christian was a machine-gunner and, in a block-and-a-half, he went through 2,700 rounds of 50-calibre ammunition," Lee Wilson said. He also is survived by his mother, Penny.
All Medals Received
Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army service
ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War
on Terrorism Service Medal.
"Remembering you with fondness.
Your Chapel Hill neighbor."
"I HAVE MY LEG TAT TO HONOR YOU MY BID TEDDY BEAR FROM YOUR 5 FOOT NOTHING.......MISS YOU ALOT....THE KIDS MISS YOU TOO ESPECIALLY JOHNNY...HES 14 NOW BIG BOY TOO.. I STILL MISS YOU ALOT YOU WERE A VERY GOOD MAN ALWAS GONNA MISS"
"I was good friends with Christian when I was active duty at Fort Polk. He was a wonderful giant teddy bear of a man. We kept in contact after he left for Fort Hood, albeit periodic due to all of the deployments. I was heartbroken when a google search for him (after not hearing back from him for a while) brought up this article. I am now at Fort Campbell, where they have a memorial displaying our fallen's boots. I am going to pay my respects today. I don't know if I will find his boot there, as they had to be donated by the families, but I still hold his memory dear. He was always smiling and enthusiastic when I was with him. He was always up for an adventure. We went fishing together, and I even got him to dance with me at a club. He was a fun loving, honorable man. My heart goes out to his family. I am honored to have known him. Here is an excerpt from an email he sent me years ago:
"...Anyways right now I'm in northern Iraq , in Mosul. The place is almost as bad as Baghdad... Life isn't that bad I guess but it can always be worse... Hope to hear from you both soon, and I expect some pics of you guys and the kids. OK.
Luv ya'll , Christian..."
That was the last communication I had with him.
"The Kids", at the time, were our dogs. We loved to share stories of our dogs with each other. We had a lot of shared interests and great times together, and I am thankful for the friendship I had with him. Love and respect to you always, Christian."
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