Larry Gene LewisLieutenant
VF-21, CVW-2, USS RANGER
United States Navy
22 September 1945 - 27 February 1971
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The database page for Larry Gene Lewis
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd�st the mighty ocean deep
It�s own appointed limits keep.
Oh hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.
-- "THE NAVAL AVIATOR'S PRAYER " --
A note from The Virtual WallOn 27 Feb 1971, LTJG Larry G. Lewis, pilot, and LTJG James Carroll, radar intercept officer, were scheduled for a night flight. Their F-4J appeared to suffer an engine failure on the catapult shot - one afterburner extinguished - and the aircraft had insufficient end speed off the catapult. As the aircraft settled toward the water, two ejections were sighted. RANGER's SAR helicopter was on scene within moments but could locate and recover only LTJG Carroll. Although search operations continued through the next day, LTJG Lewis was not found.
Lewis was held in MIA status temporarily, and was promoted to Lieutenant while in that status, before a finding of death was approved. His remains were never recovered.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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