Sailor Information


 


Date reported to the Boston: 1943-06-30 | See Original Document
Notes on arrival: R/S Boston, Mass

Date left from the Boston: 1944-08-02
Notes on departure: to Water Tender Classification Center San Francisco CA



Promotions for this

1943-08-01 Promotion to: Fireman 3rd Class (F3c) | See Original Document Comments:
1944-01-01 Promotion to: Fireman 1st Class (F1c) | See Original Document Comments:
1944-05-01 Promotion to: Water Tender 3rd Class (WT3c) | See Original Document Comments:

Deck Log Notes for this


Milestones for this

Sailor was present at Commissioning and is a Plank Owner
Sailor served outside the Continental Limits of the United States on March 5, 1944
Sailor participated in the Marshall Islands Campaign from 29 Jan 44 to 7 Feb 44
Sailor participated in the capture and occupation of ENIWETOK from 15 Feb 1 to 1 Mar 1944
Crossed the equator 9 Mar 1944 and participated in the initiation ceremonies held by Neptunus Rex and his royal party
Sailor participated in attacks against PALAU and Western Caroline Islands from 30 Mar to April 1st 1944
Sailor participated in attacks and occupation of HOLLANDIA and NORTHWESTERN NEW GUINEA on 21-27 April, and subsequent attacks on TRUK and the bombardment of SATAWAN ISLAND on 23-30 April 1944
Sailor participated in attacks on the MARCUS ISLANDS 19-20 May and the attack on WAKE ISLAND on 23 May 1944
Sailor participated in the engagement and rout of a major Japanese task force in the waters east of the Philippines during the period 17-21 June 1944, while USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 58.1
Sailor participated in the attacks on GUAM and ROTA ISLANDS (Marianas Group) on 11-13 June, and the attacks on IWO JIMA, CHICHI JIMA, and HAHA JIMA (Bonin Island group) on 15-16 June 1944, while the USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 58.1
Sailor participated in the attacks on PAGAN ISLANDS and IWO JIMA (Bonin Island group) on 23-24 June 1944, while the USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 58.1
Sailor participated in bombardment of IWO JIMA on 4 July 1944 while USS BOSTON WAS A UNIT of Task Group 58.2
Sailor participated in the attacks on GUAM and ROTA during the period 6-20 July 1944, and subsequently in operations in support of the invasion of GUAM during the period 21-22 July 1944, while the USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 58.2
Sailor participated in the attacks on PALAU ISLANDS during the period 25-27 July 1944, while USS BOSTON was a unit of Task Group 58.2

 

Biography

Charles Edward Lewis Sr. was born in Everett, MA, in March 1925, to John Henry Lewis and Mae Eliza Fogg. He grew up in Farmington, NH, where his family had a small family farm during The Great Depression. Charlie’s father was a Navy and Army vet of WWI. Charlie married Jennie Piraino in February, 1945. They had six children, two of which also served in the military. Charlie never talked much about his war experiences, like most of the vets of that time. When Mom died, we found his War records and a map showing all of the naval battles he was in, in the Pacific. He was in many key engagements on the USS Boston against the Japanese in the south Pacific islands; New Guinea, Marcus Islands, Wake Island, Guam, Rota, Iwo Jima and many more. He crossed the equator 9 Mar 1944 and participated in the solemn initiation ceremonies held by Neptunus Rex and his Royal Party. After the war, he became a union Pipefitter for about 40 years. He died in 1990 of lung cancer at the age of 65.