Courtesy of his classmates, United States Military Academy:
Herbert Suddath Lewis
No. 13344 • 12 February 1918 – 15 July 1998
Died in Denton, Texas
Interment: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
Why go toUSMA? The Academy provides fine education, a great honor system, and outstanding training for future Army officers. USMA is respected throughout the Army.
During World War II, I was on Saipan and in HQ MIDPAC. I met Sue Rucker, a lovely girl, on Oahu after the war, and we married in 1947. We had four wonderful children — Margaret, a college Vice President; Elizabeth, a lawyer; David, a petroleum engineer; and Nancy, a teacher. Sue enjoyed Army life and loved to travel. She passed away in 1988 and we miss her very much.
My most interesting assignments included four years in the Pentagon and, next, training and moving a Sergeant Missile Battalion to Europe. I was then assigned to White Sands Missile Range as Deputy to the Commanding General for National Range Engineering. This was probably my most challenging assignment as the civilian engineers working for me were planning the testing of weapons systems not yet developed or designed. In Vietnam, I was the Assistant Chief of Staff for Security, Plans and Operations of the 1st Logistical Command. My final assignment was Commander, Sixth Army Stock Control Center, the forerunner of the CONUS computerized stock control system.
After retirement, I have worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a Disaster Assistance Engineer in providing Federal Aid to repair public facilities damaged by natural disasters.
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.
Reviewed by: Michael Howard