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Willis Lee

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 5
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 7
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameWillis Augustus•Lee, Jr.
Used nameWillis•Lee
Born11 May 1888 in Natlee, Kentucky (USA)
Died25 August 1945 in Portland, Maine (USA)
Measurements179 cm
AffiliationsUS Navy, (USA)
NOC(s) United States

Biography

Willis Lee was a distant relative of Gen. Robert E. Lee and the great-great-grandson of the third Attorney General of the United States, Charles Lee. With that background, Lee headed to the US Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1908. While a midshipman in 1907, he became the only person to win the national championship in rifle and pistol shooting in the same year. He was a member of the Navy rifle teams of 1908, 1909, 1913, 1919, and 1930. Lee served during World War I but rose to the top of Navy officers during World War II. In 1941 he was appointed assistant chief of staff to the US fleet commander-in-chief and later served as commander of battleships for the Pacific fleet. With the exception of the Battle of Midway Island, he participated in all the major naval engagements in the Pacific during World War II. He commanded the task force which defeated the Japanese on Guadalcanal in 1942, a victory which was termed pivotal in the Pacific war. He was a Vice-Admiral at the time of his untimely death, just days before the signing of the Japanese surrender. Lee is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1920 Summer Olympics Shooting Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men Olympic AC Representing United States    
  Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team, Men Olympic United States 1 Gold
  Military Rifle, Prone, 300 metres, Men Olympic AC
  Military Rifle, Prone, 300 metres, Team, Men Olympic United States 1 Gold
  Military Rifle, Prone, 600 metres, Men Olympic AC
  Military Rifle, Prone, 600 metres, Team, Men Olympic United States 1 Gold
  Military Rifle, Standing, 300 metres, Men Olympic AC
  Military Rifle, Standing, 300 metres, Team, Men Olympic United States 2 Silver
  Military Rifle, 300 metres and 600 metres, Prone, Team, Men Olympic United States 1 Gold
  Small-Bore Rifle, Standing, 50 metres, Men Olympic AC
  Small Bore-Rifle, Standing, 50 metres, Team, Men Olympic United States 1 Gold
  Running Target, Single Shot, Men Olympic AC
  Running Target, Single Shot, Team, Men Olympic United States 3 Bronze
  Running Target, Double Shot, Men Olympic AC
  Running Target, Double Shot, Team, Men Olympic United States 4