Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder regretfully announce the loss of Tennessee soldier Staff Sergeant Daniel Tyler Lee of Crossville. Lee was posthumously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Lee was assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was fatally shot while on patrol in the vicinity of Wazghar Parwan Province, Afghanistan on January 15.
The 28-year old soldier served more than five years in the United States Army. According to family members, Lee grew up in Kentucky but moved to Tennessee in 2005.
Lee was employed by Lowe's in Knoxville before being transferred to the Crossville store, prior to his enlistment.
“Danny Lee was a beloved son, brother, husband and new father,” Haslam said. “The State of Tennessee grieves with the Lee family and recognizes his ultimate sacrifice for our country.”
“Staff Sergeant Lee’s loss and brave sacrifice are felt across our state and country,” Grinder said. “We pause to remember the family he leaves behind and his fellow service members who continue to serve in harm’s way for all of us.”
Lee is survived by his wife Suzanne and son Daniel of Surprise, Arizona as well as his parents Daniel and Francis Lee of Covington, Kentucky and sister Jamie Hahn.
Haslam has declared a day of mourning and ordered flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, Jan. 25 in honor of Staff Sergeant Lee’s ultimate sacrifice. Lee will be buried at Mother of God Cemetery at Fort Wright, Kentucky on Saturday, January 25.
Lee will posthumously receive the Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal.
Staff Sergeant Lee will also posthumously receive the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.