Maher Honors Vietnam Veteran Robert E. Lewis of Wallkill

Assemblyman Brian Maher (R,C-Walden) honored local Vietnam War veteran Robert Lewis of Wallkill, New York for his exemplary and heroic service during the conflict and continued advocacy for veterans.

“Veterans have sacrificed so much to serve and protect our country and they deserve our recognition. For many years, Vietnam veterans were not given the respect, help or dignity they deserved compared to veterans who fought elsewhere,” said Maher. “I am happy the Assembly recognizes these men for their service. I, in particular, thank Robert Lewis for his exemplary service and continued advocacy for veterans today.”

Lewis was enlisted in the Army on August 1, 1967 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. After basic training, he was sent to Fort Rucker to learn helicopter maintenance for the “Huey” Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter. On March 25, 1968, he was sent to Vietnam and became crew leader three months later. He was promoted to crew chief and gunner. Only 12 months into his service, the Army wanted to promote him to Sergeant E5, however, the position required 15 months of service before he could be promoted. He flew more than 500 combat hours. He was asked to stay on another tour, however, he had to decline. He was later stationed in Germany for another 16 months and was able to resign from the Army in July of 1969.

After his service in the Army, Lewis joined Walden Telephone, which later became Frontier Communications, and became a family man. Later he joined the Rolling Thunder NY3 charity for 13 years to give back to the veteran community while enjoying his passion for motorcycles. After his stint with Rolling Thunder, he joined the Nam Knights and the American Legion and. Additionally, Lewis and his wife, Amy, enjoy serving the veterans community together through a variety of local organizations including more than 10 years of volunteering with the Hudson Valley Honor Flight. He continues to advocate and help veterans in anything he is able.