Saluting a Navy hero

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My story published Wednesday on Navy veteran Jack R. Lewis hit close to home as my father served as a captain in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Lewis’ daughter Robin Leslie remembered how much her father loved to fly and how often he would take her along on his private plane trips “as a babe in arms” she said.

While serving in the Navy, he was a bomber mechanic, she said, but he would have loved to have been a bomber pilot. He couldn’t because he was color blind, she said.

Lewis’ life story is ironic, Leslie added, because he died so young, age 38, after surviving in a POW camp.  But he led a happy life, Leslie said. He and his wife got along very well, they never argued, she said. And Leslie’s grandmother lived with them in the house Lewis and his father built in Burbank in 1969.

Leslie, who graduated from Burbank High School in 1965, still lives in the family home.

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Written by Joyce Rudolph

November 13, 2009 at 11:54 am

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