Sept 1943 to Sept 1973 — Illinois, Virginia, California, Pacific Area
He first enlisted June 30, 1942 in the inactive Naval Reserves. Called to active duty July 1943 to Midshipman Class in Chicago, Illinois. Graduated Sep 1943 as Ensign and was assigned to General MacArthur's Group, Amphibious Forces, Leyte Gulf, in the Philippines. He left Norfolk, Virginia on the "Catamount" LSD (Landing Ship Dock) on 15 Aug 1950 called at San Diego en route Kobe, Japan where she embarked marines [fresh out of basic tranining possible my cousin Pvt Jake Lewis also his brother Mgt Sargent Bob Lewis Army Ft Lewis, WA] bound for the invasion of Inchon, Korea. In the landing at Wonsan, Catamount sailed with the important repair and salvage group. It was in November 1950, that Catamount achieved a notable first, when as part of Commander Stephen M. Archer's Task Element 95.69, she became first LSD to take part in minesweeping operations, at Chinnampo, port city of Pyongyang. It was essential that this port be opened so that the advancing U.S. Eighth Army ashore could be supplied by sea, and all types of minesweepers were summoned for the urgent task. Catamount served as tanker and supply ship to this varied fleet, as well as mothering a swarm of LCVP's which were able to sweep waters too shallow for larger ships. He spent 1 1/2 years on the Catamount.
In December 1950, Catamount took part in the withdrawal of marines and soldiers from Hungnam to Pusan, then returned to Yokosuka, Japan to replenish. She returned to land landing craft at Korean ports through April 1951, when she began duty transporting equipment and supplies from Sasebo to Inchon and Pusan. On 31 May, she cleared Yokosuka for an overhaul at San DIego. He spent 1 1/2 years on the Catamount. He Served as Gunner Officer, Navigation Officer, Communication Officer and Supply Officer.
He served in London from 1955-58, on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe. Sent to Yokohama, Japan in 1965 to be responsible for the operation of a retail store, two enlisted men's clubs, the main and three branch cafeterias, the concessions in all personnel services units, laundries, dry-cleaning facilities and bakeries, including the largest Baking Exchange, Navy-wide. Excerpt from The Mainichi Daily Press, 4 Jan 1967. He retired Sept 1973 after 30 years service.