My Hero, Sgt Joel W Lewis

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Joel was a 6'6" gentle giant of a man.  He had

a wonderful smile that would light up a room.

He was very adventuresome and loved to scuba

dive, sky dive, play basketball and hockey.  He

loved animals especially cats and had 5!  He had a great sense of humor and loved to play practical jokes and goof around. The guys in his unit all commented on the fact he greatly improved morale when he joined  them.  One of the guys called him "Louie " as in Louie Anderson.

Joel was originally from Ontario, Canada and had lived in Florida, New Mexico and Washington state. He loved to play hockey and played often with his brother in Tacoma, WA

As a child he would be a magnet for other kids and we would often have 5 other boys in our house playing. He was a natural leader.

Joel was stationed out of Ft Lewis, WA and was with

the Stryker Brigade.  He was killed on May

6/2007 with 5 other soldiers and a reporter

from Russian Newsweek when their Stryker

vehicle was hit with an  EFP.   He will always be dearly loved and

missed by his family who will honor

and cherish his memory for as long as we live.

GOD Bless our troops and keep them and

their families strong and courageous until the day

they all return safely home.

Gale Poindexter

proud mother of Sgt Joel W Lewis

KIA 5/6/07, Baqubah, Iraq