JOHN MILTON LEE (1890-1958) John Milton Lee, born in Danville, Indiana, September 7, 1890,
was graduated from the Danville High School in 1910 and entered
the University of Indiana and there completed three years of pre-medical
work. He later became a student at Temple University (1915) but
was compelled to leave school because of a death in the family.
He enlisted in the 349th Field Artillery in March of 1918 and
served overseas as a First Class Sergeant and Gunner. His battery
enjoys the unique distinction of having been the first battery
of Negro Artillery men ever to open fire upon an enemy. John Milton
Lee fired the first shot. He helped organize, and for several
years was president of, the Fairview Gold Club, the first Negro
Golf Club in Pennsylvania. In 1931 he married Mary Walker Robinson.
Vocationally, he was engaged in several enterprises. For eight
years, he conducted a successful catering business in Philadelphia;
he organized and served as Vice-president and Secretary of the
Mutual Emergency Union, a mutual aid company in Philadelphia.
He was also a member of the board of Managers of the Columbia
Community Branch of the YMCA.