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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: April 21, 1918
Date of death: December 7, 1941
Age: 23

Lucky Bag

1941 Pride LB.jpg

From the 1941 Lucky Bag:


Madisonville, Ky.

Do you want to know someone who's always willing to eat, sleep, fight, or start a party? A fellow who'd lend you money, always help with a problem, and not borrow your ties? Well, then, you should know Bailey, for he's all of that!

Bailey's right straight out of the mountains of "Kaintucky," if you don't believe it, why ask him. Yes-siree, right out of the woods, and he's always been out of the woods except for a few brief skirmishes with the academic department plebe year and then a little set-to with the medical boys as regards to the eye-sight. He says he's legally blind in a couple fo states, but don't let him fox you because he's plenty sharp, blind or not.

His record as a crew man is a very good one. He concentrated on crew, but he was always available whenever the battalion need to win a football game or a boxing match. It's true that all in all he's a well-rounded fellow, and the "Pride of the Navy."

Crew 4, 3, 2, Captain 1; Secretary-Treasurer Class 1941, Battalion Boxing 4, 3, 2; Battalion Football 4, 3; Battalion Pistol 3, 2.

The Class of 1941 was the first of the wartime-accelerated classes, graduating in February 1941.


Lewis was lost when USS Oklahoma (BB 37) was sunk on December 7, 1941 by Japanese aircraft during the raid on Pearl Harbor.

His body was recovered but not identified until 2015. He is now buried in Kentucky. He was survived by his parents.


USS Pride (DE 323) was named for Lewis and was sponsored by his mother.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5480 is named in Lewis' honor.

Pride Elementary School and a street in Madisonville, KY are also named for him.

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