"John's father, Frederick B Lewis, was born June 5, 1909 in Joliet and a lifetime resident until he and
his wife, Olive, moved to Silver Springs Shores, Florida in 1980. Frederick was a United States World War II Army Veteran serving in
the European and African Middle Eastern Theaters.
According to his record, it appears John enlisted in the Marine Corp Delayed Entry Program on 12 April 1966 in Chicago and entered on
active duty on 5 August 1966. After his training and probable assignments stateside, he was ordered overseas, arriving in Vietnam on October 15, 1967 where
he was assigned to G Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines.
At 1125 hours, 17 February 1968, G Company was on a search and destroy operation near map grid coordinates YD 774207 when they
received automatic weapons and small arms fire. They returned fire with their automatic weapons and small arms.
As a result of the contact, the Marines lost one Killed in Action (KIA) and 2 wounded in action (WIA).
Records show that LCPL John Frederick Lewis, Joliet Illinois, died from gunshot wounds
but does not say he was the KIA or admitted to the hospital only to expire later.
CPL David Howard Warner, Mercer Island, Washington, has no documents on file to say how he
died and if he was the first KIA or one of the two WIA who died later.
LCPL Kenneth Earl Stetson, Longmont Colorado, was one of the wounded evacuated. His records
show he "died 2115 hours at 3rd Medical Battalion, Phu Bai, after being wounded by a gunshot wound to the body from hostile rifle
fire while on an operation against a hostile force sustained 1000 hrs Thua Thien Province."
- - The Virtual Wall
April 3, 2013