Lt. Colonel Lester Talley Scott Jr., U.S. Army (retired) died June 5, 2013, at Mayo Hospital in Scottsdale, AZ, after a courageous battle from the side-effects of a stem cell transplant.
Les was born in Johnson City, TN, on February 20, 1944, and was the son of Lester Talley Scott Sr. and Ruth Cass Scott. His paternal grandparents were Mr. and Mrs. James C. Scott and maternal grandparents were Dr. and Mrs. Henry Martin Cass. All preceded him in death.
His survivors include sons, Kent (Dianne) Scott, Carter (Sandy) Scott and Lester Talley Scott III (fiancée, Kristen Root), Ashburn, VA; grandchild, Sierra Scott; sister, Rebecca Scott Siler (Terry), Chattanooga, TN; nieces, great nieces and great nephews.
Les was a 1962 graduate of Science Hill High School and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot with the First Infantry Division. His military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross (three awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards) the Bronze Star (three awards), Air Medal (61 awards) and the Army Master Aviator Badge. He was retired from the New Jersey Army National Guard.
Les held memberships in the Distinguished Flying Cross Society, Society of the First Infantry Division and the Society of Viet Nam Helicopter Pilots Association. He was a former Compatriot in the Kings Mountain Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.
Funeral services are scheduled on August 26, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
Memorial contributions are requested to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.WoundedWarriorProject.org.