My Army Career. In the fall of September 1963 I received my letter from the President, John F. Kennedy, that I was to report to the army on February 04,1964. And president Kennedy, was shot and killed in November of 1963. Later I learn that President Abraham Lincoln was also shot and killed in 1863. John F. Kennedy’s Secretary last name was Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary last name was Kennedy. Abraham Lincoln abolish slavery in 1865. John F. Kennedy initiated Civil Rights in 1963. Back to my army career Begin at Fort Ord infantry Company “B” 4th Battalion 3rd Brigade. After I finish boot camp. I was trained as a member of the Signal Corp. And I was chosen for NCO school where I became platoon leader. After finishing AIT I was sent to Fort Carson, Colorado. Assign to 6th Howitzer Battalion Battery “C” 20th Artillery. Awarded the Certificate of Appreciation given at Fort Carson, Colorado. Presented to Jason A. Lewis Jr, US 56 368 633 “Jason A Lewis Jr, enthusiasm, knowledge, perseverance and unswerving devotion to duty, while performing his assigned tasks for long, trying weeks under the strain of intensive observation and extreme weather conditions, is indicative of his outstanding professionalism and complete dedication to the Service. He has earned the distinction of being singled out as a soldier in every sense of the word whose characteristic are worthy of emulation by all Artillerymen, the member of the 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and the United State Army. Walter V. Applegate, Major, Artillery Commanding Office.” While at Fort Carson my company was given a driving test for skill and proficiency in an army jeep with a trailer. We had to drive the jeep while pulling a trailer through these stanchion about the length of a parking space. In and out between the poles like a snake for time without touching any of the poles with the jeep or the trailer. I drove through with the fastest time. And my sergeant said, “okay Lewis, let see you back through without touching the poles.” So I put the jeep in reverse and back the jeep and trailer all way the through without touching any poles. My sergeant said, “I don’t believe it some of these guys can’t go through forward without hitting the poles.” I was given the title of The Most Skill And Proficient Driver on the base. I would drive a 3/4
ton truck, 2 1/2 ton truck 5 tons trucks, and a jeep for my Commanding officer, and other commanders that had to go on haze driving conditions. I remember on cold day with black ice on the road I was to drive a 5 ton truck pulling a 6 ton 155 mm howitzer as the lead driver to clear the ice on the road for those trucks with howitzers in the convoy behind me. I could see the howitzer was jack-knighting as I made that first right turn. And I went down the road for about half a block with my truck in my lane and the howitzer in the on coming lane. It was early in the morning with no traffic in the on-coming lane. After that I was order to be the driver of the Commanding General on the base in his army car and jeep. My Army Career in 1964.
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