Leslie Ismael Morales-Lucas

Army of the United States
17 June 1939 - 02 July 1966
Ponce, Puerto Rico
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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22 March 2005

My husband was an average man who loved his family,
especially his infant son {his name sake}.

He was an easy-going man who always had a smile on his face and loved to play his guitar and sing his Spanish songs. He was a very out-going man who loved to play baseball and was on a "Puertican" baseball team when we were stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington.

As a soldier he was a great one, maybe not a hero, but a great soldier who loved the Army. He won many awards in every unit that he was in. His boots were always spit-shined and his uniforms looked like they could stand by themselves. He loved his country and gave his all for it.

He was the love of my life and I miss him still to this day.
Our song was "Our Day Will Come" and
I am still waiting to see that handsome face once again.

From his wife,
Sandra L Morales

26 March 2005

Good News, Then Bad For Sergeant's Wife

Mrs. Sandra Morales, of 606 S. 98th St. had a few bright hours Saturday before the doorbell rang.

She had been informed earlier last week that her husband, Sgt. Leslie L. Morales, 26, had been seriously wounded by a booby-trap in Viet Nam.

But first on Saturday came a government telegram telling her that Morales was improving. And then a letter arrived from a nurse, saying that her husband was doing well, talking about her and the baby, and looking forward to coming home.

"A couple of hours later an officer came to the door," Mrs. Morales said Monday. "He told me my husband was dead."

In the last letter she received from her husband, he told of being placed in charge of a squad of "real nice guys" and reported that they were about to leave on patrol.

"He said he was going out and get all the Viet Cong he could," she said.

Mrs. Morales, the former Sandra Lipscomb, met and married Morales 2 1/2 years ago when he was stationed at Fort Lewis with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry.

Last year, Morales was sent to Alaska, and then to Hawaii for jungle training before going to Viet Nam. He had been in Viet Nam exactly two months when he was wounded.

The Morales have a son, Leslie Morales Jr., 10 months old.

Sgt. Morales was a native of Puerto Rico and had been in the Army seven years.

Besides his wife and son, he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eliseo Morales, of Ponce, Puerto Rico; four brothers; and three sisters.

One of his brothers, Spec. 4 Barney Morales, will accompany his body on the long journey from Viet Nam to Puerto Rico, where services and burial will be held.

Mrs. Morales said she will go to Puerto Rico for the services. Her mother, Mrs. Doris Lipscomb, is en route from Germany, where her husband is stationed with the Army, to stay with her daughter in the interim.

Tacoma News Tribune, Tacoma WA, 4 Jul 1966

Courtesy of
Darilee Bednar

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Sergeant Morales was wounded near Cu Chi on 27 June 1966 and was medevaced to the Army's 3rd Surgical Hospital. He died of his wounds on 02 July 1966.

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