Time of Remembrance

Joel W. Lewis




Sandia Park, NM

Date of Death:


Incident Location:

Baqubah, Iraq

Military Branch:





3rd Brigade 2nd Infantry Division

Unit Base:

Ft. Lewis, WA

He stood tall at 6-foot-5 and weighed 250 pounds, but had a disarming, hearty laugh. He had a broad smile and infectious laughter that could draw people toward him. It was just four months before 9/11 when he joined the Army and the decision seemed to be his calling. Although he didn't agree with going into Iraq he felt as a soldier in the military, he did what he was told. He was big on honour. He felt sorry for the people in Iraq and saw the need to restore law and order. Joel was a gung-ho adventurer who put marriage to his sweetheart on hold in order serve his country. He also had been planning a career as a police officer. He was a thrill seeker who liked to scuba dive, skydive and play hockey.