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December 7th

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.

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December seventh in my life


It begins in 1919, my paternal grandfather had been discharged from the US Army early 1919 after the end of WW I in Fort Lewis Washington beginning married life with Gertrude Rolf resulting in the birth of my father Robert R. Lewis. Fast forward to about September 1940 enlisted in the US Navy having graduated so to speak from completing goals in the Civil Conservation Corps (the three CCC's) and turning 21
After boot camp graduation and naval training school a Quartermaster "Striker" he was assigned to the USS Utah BB-31/AG-16 [christened Florida Class US Battleship 1909 521 ft.
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