Clipped From The Delta Democrat-Times
Lewis Reed Awarded Silver Star Medai Lewis Reed, 19, seaman, second class. USN', sen of Mr. and Mrs. Lucien Plif:!p; Reed of Greenville, Miss., has be^n awarded the Star Medal for his heroic performance performance of duty in combat. The c i t a t i o n accompanying medal from Admiral R. K. eaid: 'Tor distinguishing himself conspicuously conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity intrepidity in action on April 16 1945, as a member of the crew a fire support ship d u r i n assault on Okinawa. A f t e r a plane crashed i n t o his ship killed and wo untied many of crew, lie, nHhrnigh painfully wounded himself, courageously manned a machine gun and succeeded succeeded in delivering such an ac curate fire against a n o t h e tacking suicide plane t h a t lol lost control and crashed harmlessly i n t o the sea. "His heroic performance of d achieved under most d i f f i c conditions contributed materially to the saving of the ship and the of many of his shipmates. His courage and conduct throughout were i n k eepi ng with the last April.