Roger George Lewis - 32 Div.-127th Inf.
My father, Roger Lewis, was born August 24, 1921 in Willamston, Ingham Co., MI to Howard George Lewis and Christine Ione (Lyon) Lewis. Entry of active service was November 3, 1942 in Mason, Ingham Co., MI. 32nd Division, 127th Infantry, Red Arrow. From letters I have he seems to have been in Co. D while training and Co., G. during his time overseas. His letters list him as Private, PFC, S.Sgt. and Corporal though most of them list him as Staff Sargent. While overseas in the New Guinea, Philipine campaign he kept a little brown book (a little water damaged) with addresses of friends from home (Perry, MI), men he trained with (Camp Walters) and men he was overseas with along with his section and relief sections. His seperation papers state he was a private for 3 months during basic training and a staff sgt. for 18 months."NCO in charge of operations of light mortar section. During a fire mission supervised the firing of guns and also as observer of times. In charge of 15 men in section. Kept various types of rosters of men in section."
I have the men listed in his section (if anyone is interested) in his brown book, along with men in what he calls the first, second and third relief. Many with addresses. Many have X's beside their names. He told me he was one of two that made it out alive in his (Battery?, Section?). I know that he was in New Guniea and he mentioned Leyte and Luzon in the Philipines as places of action. He was in hospital with malaria quite a bit so am unsure what battles he took part in. Came home December 22, 1945 able to have a full disability. He almost died when he got home from malaria and related illnesses. Refused disability and went to work. He died Sept., 15, 2000.
If anyone is interested, I have his brown book with men listed. I have papers that show Combat Time of 32nd Red Arrow Infantry Division. A letter from Brig. Gen. Robert B. McBride Jr., dated Oct. 26, 1945, stating battles of Red Arrow 32nd Div., along with saying that " it was not by chance that Yamashito dubbed the 32nd "the toughest fighting U.S. Division." A booklet called "Going Back to Civiian Life," printed August 1945 by the U.S. Government and last of all a very funny printed flier with "Hey Folks!!! I'm Comin' Home" at top with reference to locking up your daughters and fill the Fridgidaire with ice cold beer, etc.
I'd be interested in any further info. on the 127th, Red Arrow. Whether getting his military papers would give me anymore info. than what was saved by the family. That is if there are any. I heard that they burned??
Thanks so much,