Techsans in the Vietnam War: Profile

Techsans in the Vietnam War

Lieutenant Lee Roy Herron

8 June 1945 - 22 February 1969
TTU: 1963-'67
Class of '67

Lee Roy Herron in uniform.
Moments of peace-- Infantrymen of the Ninth Marines and artillerymen of Twelfth Marines take time to attend church services at Fire Support Base Razor. The Chaplain was Lieutenant S. Rubino, United States Navy Battation Chaplain. [Lee Roy Herron in bottom right corner]
Moments of peace-- Infantrymen of the Ninth Marines and artillerymen of Twelfth Marines take time to attend church services at Fire Support Base Razor. The Chaplain was Lieutenant S. Rubino, United States
Lee Roy Herron plaque
Lee Roy Herron plaque
Lee Roy Herron's Navy Cross certificate
Lee Roy Herron's Navy Cross certificate
Lee Roy Herron's Navy Cross citation
Lee Roy Herron's Navy Cross citation
Lee Roy Herron was born on June 8, 1945, and grew up in Lubbock, Texas. He graduated from Lubbock High School in 1963 and from Texas Tech University in 1967, earning numerous academic awards during his educational career. While he attended TTU he was a member of the Platoon Leaders Class and spent his summers training at Quantico, Virginia. After college he attended the Vietnamese Language School at the Presidio in California. He arrived in Vietnam on December 30, 1968, and was the executive officer of Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines. On February 22, 1969, his company came under intense enemy fire while on patrol north of the Ashau Valley. They were quickly pinned down by machine gun, mortar, and rocket fire. During the battle, Herron charged a bunker and killed the North Vietnamese inside; he was assaulting a second bunker when he was killed by an enemy sniper. For his actions, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, a Purple Heart, the National Defense Medal, the Vietnamese Service Medal with one star, and the Vietnamese Campaign Medal. He is survived by his wife Danelle, his mother, and sister.