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Jesse J. Lewis, Jr. | Arkansas Military Veterans' Hall of Fame

Jesse J. Lewis, Jr.

Colonel Jesse J. Lewis, Jr., National Guard/Army Reserve, Retired, Fort Smith. Col. Lewis was born in Danville, VA and a 1964 graduate of Southwest University. Upon graduation he joined the Army and graduated Officer’s Candidate School in 1966. After a tour in Vietnam and completion of active duty he transferred to the National Guard. His civilian employer brought him to Fort Smith where he continued his service. His awards include the Army Air Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (1 oak leaf cluster), and the Army Legion of Merit. Colonel Lewis retired after a combined 32 years of service in the National Guard and Army Reserve.

During his dual careers, Col. Lewis remained active in his community, civic and military support organizations such as Sebastian Masonic Lodge #706 and the Victory Masonic Lodge. He is a member of the Scottish Rite, 32nd degree, a charter and life member of the Darby Rangers Military Officers Association of America, and has served as President of that group. Jesse is a Life Member and Past commander of American Legion Post #31, and a member of the Army Officer’s Candidate School Hall of Fame. Col. Lewis retains life membership in the Reserve Officer’s Association, the Americal Division Veteran’s Association, and the National Rifle Association. 

March 3, 1968. Duo Pho, Vietnam. Following mortar and ground attach.

1968 Duo Pho, Vietnam

March 3, 1968. Duo Pho, Vietnam. Following mortar and ground attach.

1968 Duo Pho, Vietnam

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