The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Lee Victor Porden Jr., who died in the service of his country on November 30th, 1968 in Quang Duc Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Lee was 20 years of age. He was from Detroit, Michigan. Lee is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 37W, Line 14.
The decorations earned by PFC Lee Victor Porden Jr. include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star with V, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
Obituary from Detroit Free Press
PFC Lee Victor Porden Jr.
Husband of Bonnie; Son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Victor Porden Sr. 567 East Brentwood. Funeral services at the Haley Funeral Home. Internment Battle Creek Cemetery, Battle Creek, MI
Award of the Bronze Star Medal for Heroism, General Orders Number 6340, 4th Infantry Division
For heroism in connection with military operations against an armed, hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Private First Class Porden distinguished himself while serving as a machine gunner with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry. On 30 November 1968, Private First Class Porden was a member of a reinforced squad that was moving to am ambush site near Duc Lap when movement was spotted to the front. Reacting instinctively, the squad hastily moved into concealed positions. While they waited patiently, a numerically superior enemy force moved up the trail. When the enemy force was within twenty meters of the machine gun position, the squad placed an intense barrage of small arms fire on the enemy troops eliminating several of them before they could seek cover. As the enemy forces concentrated its fire on the machine gun position, it wounded the gunner. Realizing the necessity of fire superiority, Private First Class manned the machine gum and moving to a new position, placed accurate fire on the enemy troops while his comrades flanked them. While engaging the enemy, he was mortally wounded by enemy shrapnel. Private First Class Porden's courageous acts, initiative, and exemplary devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.