Lewis Jr., Lemuel Banks, GM1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
GM-0879-5/54 Caliber Gun System MK 45 Mod 1 Maintenanceman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1958-1960, Det Pt Mugu
Service Years
1941 - 1960
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Antarctic Circle
Cannon Cockers Card
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Iwo Jima
Neptune Subpoena
Newfoundland Skreech
Order of the Penguin
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
Society of the South Pole
GM-Gunner's Mate
Four Hash Marks

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Bersley H. Thomas, Jr. (Tom), SMCS to remember Lewis Jr., Lemuel Banks (Stepdad), PO1 USN(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address

Date of Passing
Aug 15, 1971
Location of Interment
Bonaventure Cemetery - Savannah, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms U.S. Navy Corrections Gun Captain (pre-1969) US Navy Retired 20

NATO Standing Naval Forces Atlantic

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Domain of the Emperor Penguin Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose) Cold War Medal

Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)Old Antarctic Explorers Association (OAEA)Naval War College Foundation
USS Forrestal AssociationFleet Reserve Association (FRA)
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1947, Old Antarctic Explorers Association (OAEA) [Verified]
  1948, Naval War College Foundation [Verified]
  1955, USS Forrestal Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1960, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lem married my Mother in January 1946, they were divorced in 1968.  He died due to a massive heart attack in August 1971.  I was deployed to the med at the time and was considered to valuable by CO to be given emergency leave since Lem was my step-father instead of my natural father.  I was Leading Signalman on the Canisteo (AO-99) at the time.
Lem never discussed, in detail, his war time expierences, there for most of the information i have is based mostly on conjecture except for the two battles that I have listed.  I have never known what wartime commands he was actually stationed on,  however he did mention that he had had two ships sunk out from under him with in a month. I do know that one of those ships was an APA.
All of the commands that he was assigned to, after the war are from my memory and the actual commands are factual, though the actual time frames are, in sum cases, conjecture based on what school year I was in at the time and what school I was attending.
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Recruit Training (Bainbridge, MD)
 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
NTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Bainbridge, MDAdvancement Schools and CoursesUS NavyUS Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
Naval Education and Training Center Newport (Faculty Staff)USS Amphion (AR-13)Naval Support Force Antarctica (NSFA)NAB Little Creek
USCINCLANTSurface Warfare Development Group (SWDG)USS Forrestal (CVA-59)NAAS Chincoteague, VA
VX-2Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group One (EODGRU ONE)
  1941-1941, NTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Bainbridge, MD
  1941-1942, GM-0000, (GM) Gunners Mate A School
  1943-1945, GM-0000, USS James Ohara (AP-179)
  1945-1945, GM-0000, US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
  1945-1946, GM-0000, Naval Education and Training Center Newport (Faculty Staff)
  1946-1948, GM-0000, USS Amphion (AR-13)
  1948-1949, GM-0000, Naval Support Force Antarctica (NSFA)
  1949-1951, GM-0000, NAB Little Creek
  1949-1957, GM-0000, USCINCLANT
  1951-1954, GM-9502, Little Creek, VA, Surface Warfare Development Group (SWDG)
  1954-1956, GM-0873, USS Forrestal (CVA-59)
  1956-1958, GM-0000, Bureau of Naval Weapons
  1956-1958, GM-0000, NAAS Chincoteague, VA
  1956-1958, GM-0000, VX-2
  1958-1960, Det Pt Mugu
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)/Operation Avalanche
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Invasion of Lingayen Gulf
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
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