1950-1954 — Korea
He received his basic training at the USMC Training Center in San Diego, California at the same time as his 1st cousin Seaman John Grissom Divers at the U. S. Naval Training Center.
HIs older brother Master Sergeant Robert (Bob) Barron Lewis US Army Korea was with the 7th Cavalry Regiment 3rd Reconnaissance Troop of Fort Lewis, WA. During the war they both experineced heavy action but during a break in the fighting they were able to find each other and spend time together on Thanksgiving Day. I was told it made the news maybe it was published in the local newspaper?
The brothers Jake and Bob along with Kathy's husband Ike Boggs, who flew the little L-4 spotter planes for the U.S. Army. Cousins Seaman John Grissom Divers US Navy and Sgt Omer Divers USAF.
His mother Kate Grissom Lewis talked to me about some of his experiences in the battle field. After pushing the enemy back again to the 38th parrallel in Korea cousin Jake had time to go bag a few pheasant for Christmas dinner. Little did he know that hearing the gun shots would put the whole base on an high alert. Sometimes you just never know how things are going turn out. While in Korea Jake was the only one of his squad that survived a direct mortar attack while on patrol. He told his mom who was a Christian Science Practitioner that he had never been very religious but with the shells exploding all around him and his face buried in the dirt he begin to pray that if there was a God please help him now. Whether it was luck or fate he lived to tell about it.