WESTBROOK LEE

CW2 Lee "Tex" Westbrook was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 06/22/2011 at the age of 70.3
Newark, TX
Flight Class 67-19
Date of Birth 03/11/1941
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 119 AHC in 68, 57 AHC in 68-69, 57 MED DET in 71-72
Call sign in Vietnam GLADIATOR 13
This information was provided by Don Joyce, Ed Faught

More detail on this person: K. Lee Westbrook, 70, a retired U.S. Army chief warrant officer 2, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, June 22, 2011. Funeral: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Eagle Mountain International Church. Interment: will full military honors will be at 9:45 a.m. Friday in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Visitation: 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Eagle Mountain International Church. Condolences may be sent to Biggers Funeral Home, 6100 Azle Ave., Lake Worth, Texas 76135. Lee was born in Sulphur Springs and raised in Gainesville by Jones and Nola Westbrook. Mr. Westbrook served with distinction in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1973, and again from 1982 until his retirement in 1993. He married Nancy Jean Zunk in 1961 and they had many adventures together across the United States and Europe. Despite his best efforts, Lee never could figure out how to be a civilian. Whether on active duty or not, he always lived his life as a soldier. He graduated from the U.S. Army Aviation School at Fort Rucker in 1967, and flew helicopters in Vietnam with the 57th Assault Helicopter Company in 1968 and the 57th Medical Detachment (Medivac) in 1971. Between combat tours Lee was an instructor pilot at Fort Wolters, and graduated from the University of Southern California's Aviation Safety Course to become an FAA-certified flight safety officer. Lee's awards include, but are not limited to, the Meritorious Service Medal, 24 Air Medals, the Vietnam Service Medal with one silver and three bronze Stars, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with bronze star, and the Gold Recruiter's Badge with one sapphire star. During his break in service, Lee flew helicopters out to oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, off the California coast for the tuna fleets, and in the Alaskan bush country, as well as flying the traffic helicopter for radio station KVIL in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area and working as an instructor pilot for Bell-Textron in Iran in 1977. Lee was a very active member of Eagle Mountain International Church where he was held in high regard, both for his strong faith and his many tales about his adventurous life. Lee was also a published author, having written the book "The Broken Sword" about his exploits as a soldier and how his relationship with Christ healed the scars of his combat experiences. He will be remembered as a soldier, a storyteller, and a man of God. Survivors: His wife, Nancy; his children, Debra Noble, Kathy Huckabay and Allan Westbrook; his granddaughter, Christina Rose Mattox; as well as his large extended family at Eagle Mountain International Church.

Published in Star-Telegram on July 27, 2011

K. Lee Westbrook , a retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer 2, went home to be with his Lord on June 22, 2011. Mr. Westbrook served with distinction in the US Army from 1957 to 1973, and again from 1982 until his retirement in 1993. He flew helicopters in Vietnam with the 57th Assault Helicopter Company in 1968 and the 57th Medical Detachment in 1971. Lee's awards include, but are not limited to, the Meritorious Service Medal, 24 Air Medalas, the Vietnam SErvice Medal with 1 silver and 3 bronze stars, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with bronze star and the Gold Recruiter's Badge with 1 sapphire star.

From: Ed Faught

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