Arther H LEWIS

 

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ARMY SERIAL NUMBER18032025
AGE21 yo
DATE OF BIRTH1922
STATEOKLAHOMA
FAMILYParent: Arther J. LEWIS & Grace
RANKPrivate First Class
FONCTIONInfantry
JOB before ENLISTEMENT OK
DATE of ENLISTEMENT14 october 1940 Tulsa OKLAHOMA
REGIMENT23rd Infantry Regiment
DIVISION2nd Infantry Division
DATE OF DEATHAugust 30, 1944lewis arther h tombe
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATH

Hill 105

Sector Guipavas/Le Relecq Ker-Huon, FINISTÈRE

CEMETERYBRITTANY AMERICAN CEMETERY de St James

Map St James American Cemetery

GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
N622
DECORATION
Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Clusterph olc
Bronze Star Medalbsm
French Fourragere (Unit award from WWI) 
Normandie Commemorative Liberation MedalNormandie Commemorative Liberation Medal
Good Conduct MedalGood Medal Conduite
European African Middle Eastern Campaing MedalEAMECampaign
American Campaign Medalamerican campaign medal
World War II Victory Medalvictory medal
Combat Infantryman Badgecombat infantryman badge
 

 

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STORY

Lewis enlisted in the United States Army on 14 October 1940 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

After completing his basic training, he was assigned to the 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.

In 1943, her unit was sent to England and, in June 1944, she participated in landings up to date + 1.

The 2nd ID fought across the famous hedge country and in the Battle of St. Lo.

From there, they moved to help the conquest of Brest, France, and their tenacity was exposed in the battle for Hill.

It was here that Lewis was killed in action on the last day of battle before the hill was captured.


The Second Division in Image


2nd Division Infantry stele

After training in Northern Ireland and Wales from October 1943 to June 1944, the 2nd Infantry Division crossed the channel to land on Omaha Beach on D plus 1 (7 June 1944) near St. Laurent-sur-Mer.

Attacking across the Aure River on 10 June, the division liberated Trévières and proceeded to assault and secure Hill 192, a key enemy strong point on the road to Saint-Lô. After three weeks of fortifying the position and by order of Commanding General Walter M. Robertson the order was given to take Hill 192.

On 11 July under the command of Col.Ralph Wise Zwicker the 38th Infantry Regiment and with the 9th and the 23rd by his side the battle began at 5:45am. Using an artillery concept from World War I (rolling barrage) and with the support of 25,000 rounds of HE/WP that were fired by 8 artillery battalions, the hill was taken. Except for three days during the Battle of the Bulge, this was the heaviest expenditure of ammunition by the 38th Field Artillery Battalion; And was the only time during the 11 months of combat that 2nd Division Artillery used a rolling barrage.

The division went on the defensive until 26 July. After exploiting the Saint-Lo breakout, the 2nd Division then advanced across the (Vire) to take (Tinhebray) on 15 August 1944. The division then raced toward (Brest/France), the heavily defended port fortress which happened to be a major port for German U-Boats.

After 39 days of fighting the Battle for Brest was won, and was the first place the Army Air Forces used bunker busting bombs.

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Battle for Brest

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SOURCE INFORMATION & PHOTOAad.archives.gov - Findagrave.com - Abmc.gov - Honorstates.org - Wikipedia - JF PELLOUAIS
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