5 Oct 1999 — Indian Harbor Beach, FL
INDIAN HARBOR BEACH - Lyle William Stevens overcame tremendous challenges to emerge as a humble man with a life he could reflect upon with pride. "He was an all-American hero who felt he was just a regular GI that followed orders for his country" said his daughter, Sherri King of Hobe Sound. Mr. Stevens, 87, a retired Air Force chief master sergeant, died Thursday, Sept. 30 in Tampa. He was born in Edgehill, Mo. A 34-year military veteran served in World War II and was a prisoner of war. The things he survived were amazing. He weighed 85 pounds when they rescued him from his encapturement in northern Japan" said his wife of 50 years, Mar*** Stevens of Indian Harbor Beach. Stevens was honored for removing and treating casualties while exposed during heavy artillery attack in Manilla Bay. He also was recognized for leaving a safe place durring battle and traveling 2,900 yards under fire to help his injured comrades. He was a recipient of two Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, two Air Force Commendation Medals, Gallentry in Action, Honorable Service While a Prisoner of War, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, Army of Occupation, Defense of the Philippines (from the Philippine government), National Defense and American Campaign, among others. During the Course of his career, he was stationed in such places as Hawaii, the Panama Canal,China, North Africa, Greece, Spain, and Japan. Mr. Stevens came to Brevard County in 1967. He was a member of the Air Force Sergeant's Association, Prisoner of War Association, Scottish Rites, Mayflower Lodge in Wichita, Kan. and Azam Temple in Melbourne. Other survivors include his daughter, Kimberlee Miller of Plant City, and five grandchildren. No Calling Hours are scheduled. Graveside services will be held at Arlington National Cemetey in Virginia. Beech Funeral Home in Indian Harbor Beach is in charge of arrangements. The family requests no flowers. Donations will be made to the Azam Shrine Temple, 1501 W. Eau Gallie Blvd, Melbourne, Fl, 32935.