Wilbur Lewis Jr., the son of the veteran, heard about his father’s heroic act and went through the lengths to get him the medal he deserved. After 64 years, Private First-Class Wilbur Lewis had the Soldier’s Medal pinned to his chest in front of his family. In the early 1950’s, Lewis was stationed at Fort Bragg where he and his unit were parashot training. One of the fellow paratrooper’s parachute collapsed and Lewis grabbed the soldier. He said to him “we go down together” and “it seemed like we were coming down twice as, maybe 10 times, as fast as the other parachutes going down.” Lee Armstrong contacted and worked with Lucas County Veterans Services to make sure Lewis’ actions do not go unnoticed.
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