Col Lewis M Sanders

Col Lewis M Sanders

Death 22 Dec 1984 (aged 77)
Burial Foley, Baldwin County, Alabama, USA
Plot Block: A, Section: Nelson, Lot 36, Block 2
Memorial ID 38215955 · View Source
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Colonel Lewis M. Sanders died Dec. 22 in a Pensacola hospital. Col. Sanders was a former resident and businessman in Pensacola, but made his home in Lillian. He was a retired colonel of the U.S. Air Force.
Services were held from the Bayview Chapel of the Bayview Funeral Home, Foley, with the Rev. Mike Glenn officiating. Interment followed in Pine Rest Memorial Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Virginia Sanders, Lillian; one son, John Sanders, Lillian; one daughter, Beverly Jean Spencer, Lillian; one sister, Myrtle Agnes Shaw, Fort Wayne, Ind.; one brother, Delas Grubb, South Bend, Ind; 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
Published January 9, 1985, The Independent, Robertsdale, Alabama

The following information was contributed by Richard McClellan: Colonel Sanders commanded the 46th Fighter Squadron in World War II and was at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The following information was contributed in November 2012 by Antonio (truchasnm #47143330)
The Silver Star is presented to Lewis M. Sanders, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Force, for gallantry in action while serving as a Pilot with the 46th Pursuit Squadron, 15th Pursuit Group, at Wheeler Field and over the Island of Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, and waters adjacent thereto, on 7 December 1941. During the surprise attack by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941, First Lieutenant Sanders took off with one flight for the purpose of attacking the invading forces, without first securing information as to the number or type of attacking Japanese aircraft. He proceeded to patrol the vicinity of Bellows Field, where he engaged six enemy planes. Although greatly outnumbered he succeeded in shooting down one enemy aircraft. First Lieutenant Sanders' initiative, presence of mind, coolness under fire, and expert maneuvering of his plane, contributed to a large extent toward driving off this sudden, unexpected enemy air attack.

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