A Soldier's Story: Sergeant Lee Arthur Belas

Sergeant Lee Arthur Belas was born on May 7, 1968, in Port Orchard, Washington. 

A graduate of South Kitsap High School, Sergeant Belas was a gifted linguist. He studied French, German, Russian, Dutch, and Latin before he enlisted in the US Army on October 14, 1987, and was currently learning Arabic. He planned on working for the US State Department as an ambassador after his term of enlistment was complete.

He deployed to the Middle East in the Fall of 1990 for Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield and the Gulf War. On February 27, 1991, the helicopter Sergeant Belas was traveling in was shot down over Iraq.

Sergeant Lee Arthur Belas rests in Sunset Lane Memorial Park, Port Orchard, Washington.

*See Also Warrant Officer John K. "Jack" Morgan


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