December 7 , 1941
A 21 year old 3 Class “Quarter Master” stationed aboard the U.S.S. Utah BB-31/AG-16, survived Her sinking, went on to serve aboard the cruiser USS Honolulu CL-48 Receiving one campaign star for action defending the Aleutian Islands 1942. Late 1943 he was transferred the Heavy Cruiser USS Minneapolis CA -36 leading to 20 continuous months of action in the South Pacific. They were heavily involved in the Marine landings on Mariana Is., the Martial's and Iwo Jima. In 1944 they saw action in the Battle of the Philippine sea, Battle of Layte Gulf and fierce battle of Surigao Straight, Lingayen Gulf, and the landings on Bataan and Corregidor receiving five more campaign stars, including American Campaign Medal, American Defense medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal w/silver star, and Honorable Discharge in 1945.
This Pearl Harbor Survivor, advanced to second class Quartermaster was my father.
RIP – Robert R. Lewis, 1919 - 1993
PEARL HARBOR DAY MEMORIAL PRAYER
Heavenly Father, we are gathered here to commemorate those among Your servants who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Because of their dedication to duty we still enjoy the freedoms we inherited from our forefathers. Because they served well, we are proud to call them our own. We ask that, following in their footsteps, we may continue in Your service until Your summons comes. Then, in the knowledge that we have striven to observe Your councils and precepts, may be worthy to be united with them and with You forever. Amen (The Chaplain’s Handbook is part of the VFW)