Sanders, Lewis Morgan, Col

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1065-Fighter Unit Commander
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1945, AAF MOS 1065, 318th Fighter Group
Service Years
1936 - 1950
Officer Collar Insignia
Colonel

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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1907
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Elkhart, Indiana; Lillian, Alabama
Last Address
Lillian, Alabama

Date of Passing
Dec 22, 1984
 
Location of Interment
Pine Rest Cemetery - Foley, Alabama
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Not Specified

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Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion




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Last Known Activity
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Citation for his Silver Star:
Awarded for actions during World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Lewis M. Sanders, United States Army Air Forces, for gallantry in action while serving as a Pilot with the 46th Pursuit Squadron, 15th Pursuit Group, at Wheeler Field and over the Island of Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, and waters adjacent thereto, on 7 December 1941. During the surprise attack by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941, First Lieutenant Sanders took off with one flight for the purpose of attacking the invading forces, without first securing information as to the number or type of attacking Japanese aircraft. He proceeded to patrol the vicinity of Bellows Field, where he engaged six enemy planes. Although greatly outnumbered he succeeded in shooting down one enemy aircraft. First Lieutenant Sanders' initiative, presence of mind, coolness under fire, and expert maneuvering of his plane, contributed to a large extent toward driving off this sudden, unexpected enemy air attack.
General Orders: Authority: "Heroes of Pearl Harbor", Donald K. & Helen L. Ross
Action Date: December 7, 1941
Service: Army Air Forces
Rank: First Lieutenant
Company: 46th Pursuit Squadron
Regiment: 15th Pursuit Group

Sources:
https://aviation.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/A-Handful-of-Pilots.pdf
   
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World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
From Month/Year
June / 1944
To Month/Year
September / 1945

Description
(Western Pacific Campaign 15 June 1944 to 2 September 1945) Attacks on Truk, where the Japanese had a major base, continued as preparations were made for the invasion of the Marianas. The American troops that landed on Saipan on 15 June 1944 met bitter opposition; but, after a desperate Japanese counterattack on 7 July, organized resistance soon terminated. Tinian, invaded on 25 July, was won by I August. Guam, which had been seized by the Japanese on 10 December 1941, was invaded on 20 July and regained after 20 days of fighting. With the conquest of the Marianas, the United States gained valuable bases for an aerial offensive against Japan itself. To provide bases for operations against the Philipgines, the Palaus were invaded in mid-September. Later, aerial attacks were made on Formosa to support the invasion of the Philippines and Okinawa.
   
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From Month/Year
January / 1945
To Month/Year
September / 1945
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
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  182 Also There at This Battle:
  • Bischof, Marcia
  • Burket, Harry Edgar, SSgt, (1939-1945)
  • Caproni, Leo, Capt, (1943-1948)
  • Gilinsky, O E, TSgt, (1942-1945)
  • Harrison, Edward Farris, Lt Col, (1936-1949)
  • Horton, Roy, SSgt, (1943-1945)
  • Klimesh, Cyril (Cy), Capt, (1940-1963)
  • Mashaw, William Harvey, TSgt, (1942-1945)
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