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Lewis, Rex E.


Rank: Lt. Colonel
Military Branch: USAAC
Origin: Missouri
Date of Death: 2003-2-8
Russell Heights Cemetery
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Rex Edward Lewis was born January 23, 1919 in Jackson, Missouri. He died in Jackson at age 84 on February 8, 2003. He was a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, probably class of 1941. His obituary on the web shows that he served 20 years in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve, and that he flew combat in the Pacific, later going to occupied Germany after WW2. He retired at the rank of Lt. Colonel. His children lived in Utah where this group came from in 2007. No information about his WW2 service has been found.

Lewis's group includes his officially engraved Distinguished Flying Cross, officially engraved Air Medal, and their ribbons. Also included are ribbons for WW2 Victory medal, Asia/Pacific Campaign with 3 bronze stars, American Campaign, American Defense, and Occupation. One each of his rank insignia from 2nd Lieutenant through Lt. Colonel accompany the group,  as well as pinback Air Crew wings, and an Army Presidential Unit Citation bar with 3 oak leaves. Additionally, there is a 5x7 studio portarait of Lewis taken in Salt Lake City with Lt. bars on the shoulders. There are DI's on the shoulders as well, that are not focused enough to identify. His full obituary from the web is included in the group.