Corporal Milton Lewis First Person From Alachua County Killed in Action During World War II
GAINESVILLE - Corporal Milton Lewis was the first person from Alachua County to be killed in action during World War II.
Now, seven decades later, his bravery is still being remembered.
The community gathered at Corporal Lewis' grave today for a dedication ceremony where veterans talked of his valor and actions during the war.
In August of 1942, Lewis charged a group of Japanese machine guns that were blocking his unit's advance to take out the enemy.
Lewis died during the assault and was awarded the Navy Cross, which is our nation's second highest decoration for valor.
Next time you are at Citizens Field in Gainesville, check out the stadium which is named after Corporal Milton Lewis.
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