A statue of the World War II hero Maj. Gen. William C. Lee was on fire in North Carolina last week, when vandals reportedly saw the monument for a statue of Connected Gene. Robert E. Lee, the officials said.
(Maj. Gen. William C. Lee Airborne Museum)
Vandals in North Carolina may be in need of a history lesson following a fire, a statue in honor of a World War II hero they apparently mistook for a Southern general, officials said earlier this week.
A white marble monument of the AMERICAN Army, Maj. Gen. William C. Lee, who commanded the 101st Airborne Division’s “Screaming Eagles” during the second world War, was doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire last week, officials said. The image is wearing a black scorch marks where the left-hand side.
The defendants seem to have confused Lee with Gene. Robert E. Lee, who led the Confederate army during the civil war some 80 years earlier, the officials said.
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“I was surprised that someone would do that to this museum statue”, Mark Johnson, curator of the General William C. Lee Airborne Museum in Dunn, told Goldsboro the WNCN-TV. “This is not a Civil War museum, and this is not Robert E. Lee.”
Apart from their surname, the two Read have nothing in common, according to Johnson. The former, Lee was known as the father of the AMERICAN Airborne Army and the international war hero of the second world War, he told the station.
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The image is expected to be cleaned and repaired, that costs a few hundred dollars, WNCN reported.
The authorities ask anyone with information that leads to an arrest to call 910-892-2222 and are offering a $1,000 reward.