Crew list of Ships hit by U-boats

Walter Howard Lewis

USN. American

Born  20 Jun 1925Lexington, KY
Died  16 Feb 2014(88)

Photo courtesy of Deborah Lewis Jacobs

Roster information listed for Walter Howard Lewis

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
Thomas McKeanSteam merchantSignalman Third Class29 Jun 1942U-505 (1)

Personal information

Walter Howard Lewis enlisted at the age of 16 by changing the date on his birth certificate. Thomas McKean was his first ship and she was torpedoed on her maiden voyage. He survived in the lifeboat in charge of the master that was picked up by a minesweeper after five days. He went on to serve on the Cities Service Koolmotor, the Pearl Harbor and finally the Chickamauga.


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Crew list for Ships hit by U-boats