Decatur County

Cpl. Russell Lewis




“The army walks on its stomach” is a slogan that is often applied to the modern American army. It has special significance with the many top-ranking non-commissioned officers who are served at a noncom club at a depot in England where Corporal Russell Lewis is affiliated with the mess. The reason: ice cream three times a week and on Sundays with apple pie, hot cakes, three times a week and daily soup and a desert for dinner.

Corporal Lewis is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lewis of near Weldon. He was stationed at Duncan Field, Texas; Ten Mile Station, Charleston, South Carolina, and an eastern seaboard base prior to his going to England.

Prior to entering the service, he was a Decatur county farm youth. He is now at an Eighth Air Force Service Command in England.

“I have had a very good time in England.” says Corporal Lewis. “I was able to meet my father’s family and as was to see my grandmother before she passed away in North Wales.”

Source: Leon Journal-Reporter, Leon, Iowa, April 1944 (photo included)

Source: Decatur County Women's Auxilary WWII Scrapbook; Submission by Decatur County Historical Museum, Leon IA, Sara Rose Joan LeFleur, June of 2016