AFTON — East Union Community School honors military service personnel by recognizing students from high schools in East Union communities who served in the military and were killed in action, prisoners of war or received a high military combat recognition award. A military service recognition plaque on the east wall of the East Union concourse contains a name plate for those recognized.
In 2013, East Union recognized Loyd Everett Lewis, who lived in the Talmage area and graduated from Afton High School in 1939. East Union School Superintendent Pamela Vogel announced his selection during East Union’s commencement program Sunday. He is the eighth person recognized since the military service recognition plaque was established in 2011.
In April 1941, Lewis enlisted in the U.S. Army at Camp Dodge in Des Moines. After basic training at Camp Alexandria, La., and a waiting period at Fort Dix, N.J., his group was sent to Ireland for more training and then in May 1942 to North Africa where fighting was getting heavy. He was part of the Red Bull Division that pushed across North Africa. After that, the Army moved to Sicily and on into Italy to begin the push north.
Lewis was killed July 17, 1944, near Florence, Italy, from a mortar blast. His remains were buried in an Italian cemetery and then returned to Iowa for reburial five years later. His services were held in Iowa on March 4, 1949, with burial in Graceland Cemetery in Creston.
The public is invited to submit military recognition nominations at any time. An evaluation panel of local citizens meets after an annual cut-off date of Feb. 15 to review nominations submitted during the previous 12 months and determine who will be recognized for the current school year. Points of contact for submission of nominations are Dorothy Vert (phone 763-2462, email firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mary Hill (phone 347-8166, email email@example.com).