On Friday, April 15, 2016, Legionnaire David G. Lewis turned 100 years old. On April 16, he celebrated that milestone with 100 of his family members and close friends. He was born in Dixon Mills, Ala. He lived and worked there until he entered the U.S. Army on June 25, 1941.
Lewis is a World War II veteran. He was assigned to HQ Detachment 476 and was active in the New Guinea and Luzon campaigns. He departed the Army on Nov. 30, 1945, at the rank of Ssg (E-6).
After leaving the Army Lewis became a biology teacher, retiring as a high school principal.
Lewis is one of the founding members of Dixon Mills Post 340. On June 19, 2015, at the Department of Alabama Convention, he was presented an award by then-National Commander Candidate Dale Barnett for recruiting 50 members to the Legion.
At his 100th birthday celebration he was given proclamations, resolutions and letters from President Obama, National Commander Barnett, NEC Frazier, Alabama Dept. Cmdr. Hartline, Alabama Gov. Bentley, Congresswoman Sewell, Sen. Shelby, his Post Cmdr. John Dees and several others.
Lewis now resides in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with his son, Reginald.