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Lex Lewis

by Wayne Thume on October 13, 2018

Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is Army Staff Sgt. Lex L. Lewis.


Army Staff Sgt. Lex L. Lewis

Army Staff Sgt. Lex L. Lewis

Army Staff Sgt. Lex L. Lewis

Died July 15, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

40, of Rapid City, S.D.; assigned to 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died July 15 at Shewan Garrison, Farah province, Afghanistan, from injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire.

South Dakota soldier killed in Afghanistan laid to rest

The Associated Press

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Army Staff Sergeant Lex Lewis of Rapid City was buried at Black Hills National Cemetery.

The 40-year-old Lewis was killed July 15th when insurgents shot at his unit in Farah Province. The recipient of a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Combat Action Badge, Lewis was a cavalry scout with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

KOTA-TV reports that a group of onlookers and Rapid City firefighters overlooked the funeral procession. Lewis’ body was carried from Calvary Lutheran Church to its final resting place at Black Hills National Cemetery on Thursday.

Lewis was in the first month of his third war deployment to the Middle East. His previous two deployments were to Iraq.

https://thefallen.militarytimes.com/army-staff-sgt-lex-l-lewis/6567869

Army Staff Sgt. Lex L. Lewis

Army Staff Sgt. Lex L. Lewis

Rapid City soldier killed in Afghanistan

Nick Penzenstadler Journal staff  Jul 18, 2011

A Rapid City mother heard the ring of a doorbell this weekend that every military family dreads.

At the door were members of the Army’s casualty notification team with news that her son Lex had been killed Friday while fighting in Afghanistan. “I never dreamt I’d hear that sound and open the door to that news,” his mother, Betty Lewis of Rapid City, said Sunday. “He was a wonderful son. I’m so proud of him.”

Sgt. Lex Lewis, 40, of Rapid City was a cavalry scout with the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, out of Fort Carson, Colo., supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Lewis died from injuries suffered Friday, when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire in Farah province, Afghanistan. The U.S. Department of Defense announced his death Sunday.

Lewis is the second service member from Rapid City to die in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the 24th South Dakotan killed since 2001, according to Defense Department records.

After attending Rapid City Central High School, Lewis, a Rapid City native, started his military career in the Navy and was stationed in Japan. After finishing an enlistment, he immediately enrolled in the Army in 1999.

“He absolutely loved the Army, and the Army life fit him well. He wanted to serve his country,” Betty Lewis said Sunday. “He just liked being a soldier. He played Army when he was little boy all the time, and this is what he wanted to do.”

After a first tour in Iraq from April 2003 to July 2004, Lewis returned to Rapid City, where he worked as a security guard at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Soon after, he re-enlisted in the Army and deployed on a second tour to Iraq, from September 2008 to September 2009.

Lewis was on his first deployment to Afghanistan with the unit that deployed only last month. He is the brigade’s first casualty.

The 3,800-soldier 2nd Brigade deployed to Afghanistan in June, replacing the 1st Brigade Combat Team, according to a report in the Colorado Springs Gazette. It is working in Farah province, in western Afghanistan, near the Iranian border, to clear out insurgents. The unit has been working with NATO partners including Italy and Spain.

Lewis is survived by his mother, Betty, his wife, Molly Lewis, and a 6-year-old stepdaughter, Ariel, both of Colorado Springs, Colo. Lewis has a stepbrother, Frank McCormick of Kaysville, Utah, and a half-sister, Lacy, of Florida.

South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard offered condolences Sunday afternoon after hearing of Lewis’ death.

“It is a tragedy to lose Sgt. Lewis, and my deepest sympathies go out to his loved ones,” Daugaard said in a prepared statement. “Many brave men and women risk their lives, every day, to protect our freedoms, and we grieve each time one of these heroes makes the ultimate sacrifice. Linda and I are praying for Sgt. Lewis’ family, and for the safe return of all those who serve our nation overseas.”

Lewis’s decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, NATO Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, South West Asia Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

https://rapidcityjournal.com/news/rapid-city-soldier-killed-in-afghanistan/article_dc03cbf6-b0f7-11e0-8285-001cc4c03286.html

 

 

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Emilio Campo

by Wayne Thume on September 8, 2018

Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is Marine Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Ross.


Army Spc. Emilio J. Campo

Army Spc. Emilio J. Campo

Army Spc. Emilio J. Campo

Died June 6, 2011 Serving During Operation New Dawn

20, of Madelia, Minn., assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; died of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with indirect fire June 6 in Baghdad.

Family: Soldier from Madelia killed in Iraq

The Associated Press

MADELIA, Minn. — A 20-year-old medic from the southern Minnesota town of Madelia who joined the Army to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor has died while serving in Iraq, relatives said.

Sgt. Emilio Campo Jr. was killed in combat June 6, family members said. The Defense Department did not immediately release details of how he died. Campo’s parents traveled to Dover Air Force Base, Del., for the return of his body.

Campo’s cousin Marcella Rivera said Campo wanted a career in medicine and thought the Army was his best opportunity for that. “He thought he wanted to be a doctor, but he told his mom, ‘I’ve got to be realistic because we can’t pay for college.'”

Campo followed his older brother, Hector, into the military. His younger brother, Hugo, will be a senior at Madelia High School next fall, his friends said.  Campo graduated in 2009 from Madelia High School, where Principal Allan Beyer said Campo played basketball as his main sport but also participated in track, football and choir.

“He was a real credit to his family, his school and his community. Every time he was home on leave, he’d come to visit with schoolmates, teachers and staff. He was very proud of what he was doing,” the principal said.

Five of Campo’s classmates stopped by June 7 to share their grief and their memories, Beyer said.  “It’s like losing a son, even though he’s not my son,” said Kathy Schumacher, a teacher at the school. Schumacher’s son, Tom, has been friends with Campo since they were in third grade. 
Dustin VanHale, a classmate and good friend, said Campo “was always best friends with everybody.” He was a motivator, telling basketball teammates after a 25-point loss, “don’t worry, we’ll get ’em next time.”

“He’s not the best-looking guy in the world but he was always getting all the girls,” VanHale said. “We’d be playing basketball and he’d leave with two, three girls’ phone numbers. He was always traveling to different places to hang with this girl or that girl.”  But when he died he also had a steady girlfriend, Samantha Crowley, who was prom queen when Campo was prom king in 2009.

Longtime friend Tom Schumacher said Campo was “a very social person,” ”a smooth talker,” ”a big partier,” and “a regular Casanova.”  “He was always the most calm. He was the funny one. We did a lot of stuff, he just loved doing stuff,” Schumacher said. “He just tried to live his life to the fullest. He was always helping other people. He felt (the Army) was one way he could help.”

Brendon Caraway said he joined the Marine Reserves about the same time Campo joined the Army. “I haven’t been overseas,” Caraway said. “When he came home in February he was talking to me about what it’s like and everything: He’s a medic, just doing his job, just gotta do the best you can and be careful.”  Schumacher said Campo appeared to be unafraid.

“Everybody always worried about him, told him to come home,” Schumacher said. “He was always the one who told everybody not to worry, shrugged it off like it was no big deal. Made it seem like he was invincible. That’s what we always said.”

Army Spc. Emilio J. Campo

Army Spc. Emilio J. Campo

Former classmates remember fallen Minn. soldier

The Associated Press

MADELIA, Minn. — Former classmates of a soldier killed recently in Iraq remembered the man as someone who was charismatic, joyful and impulsive.

Sgt. Emilio Campo Jr., 20, of Madelia was one of five soldiers who died in a rocket attack June 6.  Campo’s former classmates at Madelia High School gathered for a memorial June 9 where they reminisced about the former homecoming king.  Samantha Bestick recalled going to the mall with him and watching him get joyfully boisterous, having a good time all by himself.  Jared Bridges says his former classmate wanted to go into sports medicine. He jokes it was because Campo always got hurt playing sports. 

According to the Free Press of Mankato, Campo’s favorite quote was: “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”

https://thefallen.militarytimes.com/army-spc-emilio-j-campo/6567787

 

 

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