My name is Nicholas Lewis, I am seventeen years old and I currently live in Luxembourg. I came across your website while searching for information concerning Frank Lewis who served as Captain in Company M, 4th U. S. Infantry, 3rd Division during the Meusse-Argonne Offensive in World War One and came across information concerning him.
Frank Lewis is my great great uncle, and passed down to my family are his Distinguished Service Cross, his dog-tag, and several letters concerning his death and service.
I took great interest in his life, and am trying to create an extended essay concerning his life during the war and the offensive that took place. However the information I have is limited, focusing mostly on what happened after he was badly wounded. I was wondering as to whether you had any additional information you could send to me concerning either him, his army division, or any information concerned what his army division was doing at the time of his death. Any information you could send me or any websites you could direct me to concerning him or his division at all would be of great help.
P.S.- I notice that you state on Frank Lewis's page that you are seeking any additional information concerning Captain Lewis. If you are interested, after finishing my report I would be happy to pass it on, including any primary sources or pictures of either the medals or of Frank Lewis himself that you may want to include on his page.
LEWIS, FRANK NELSON
Captain, U.S. Army
4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5 – 6, 1918
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Memphis, Tennessee
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank Nelson Lewis, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cunel, France, October 5 – 6, 1918.
Although severely wounded in both arms and both legs during the advance of his company on the night of October 5 – 6, Captain Lewis continued in command, and by his bravery and courage contributed materially to the complete success of the attack.
Frank Nelson Lewis was born in Albermarle County, Virginia, on 5 June 1890. During World War I he served in Company M, 4th U. S. Infantry, 3rd Division, American Expeditionary Force. He died in France on 6 January 1919 in France while still serving in this capacity. Note that this was two (2) months following the close of hostalities.
We are actively seeking additional information concerning Captain Lewis.
LEWIS, FRANK N
CAPTAIN CO M 4TH INF 3RD DIV
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
- DATE OF DEATH: 01/06/1919
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 03/03/1921
- BURIED AT: SECTION SW EN SITE 4433
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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