To:Tisha DeVault Tisha, your father was my best friend in the militay. We served together in the 10th Special Forces Group (ABN) at Fort Devens, MA. I was in his saber arch when he married Alice (Cricket). We jumped every weekend with the Trojan Sport Parachute Club. Your Dad had just received his instructors rating with the USPA and he taught me to free fall and HALO. I love and miss him and would love to contact you as I have many great pics of he and I. At the time of his death I was running ops in Southeast Asia and didn't hear about it until my return. His mother gave me his parachutist log as a momento. You can contact me at email@example.com. I live in MA and would love to chat with and meet you.-Vinny
Hi Tisha, I am ever so sorry but in my excitement at even knowing you exist and reading about my best friend I input my email address in reverse. Sorry. The correct email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your Dad was a great guy and I loved him dearly so please do contact me. If ever you get to MA I live near Plymouth and would love to have you visit. Vinny (team nickname Vindog)
I realize this is an old post, but I am a new member. I have nothing info-wise on the day Lee died, but I do have a memory or two of your father.
I met CPT Lee Devault also at 10th SFG, and IIRC we were on the same ODB for a Flintlock exercise in the mid 1970's when I was on loan as a commo guy. He drove around the FRG countryside all day in civvies, kind enough to bring back bread and beer for the guys holed up in the hide-site.
He was somewhat famous in the freefall parachuting gang of the day, certainly looked up to by those of us that wanted to freefall but remained rope jumpers for some time. I'm coaching freefall for the Naval Academy now, and am always thankful for men like Lee Devault who talked it up, and looked like they were having an absolute ball demonstrating jumping to others.
I remember he had a great deal of energy, and brought that to any forum, whether or not it was always well-received!
If you are still seeing this let me know. I am Lee's cousin in Ohio. His mother and my mother Helen were sisters. Auntie spoke so much about Cricket and her grandchildren. Email me.. email@example.com