During World War II, Lewis worked as
the chief electrician and supervisor for the Marine Electrical Department at California
Shipbuilding Company on Terminal Island, Long Beach. Lewis supervised work on ships for the
US Army Transport Service and War Shipping Administration Transport vessels. Lewis's
personal collection documents the history of Naval construction of the Liberty Ship fleet
during World War II.
Charles T. Lewis was born March 7, 1901 in Galena, Kansas to Thornton and Charlotte
(Carpenter) Lewis. After graduating from high school, Lewis joined the United States Marine
Corps, serving from 1918 to 1920. He was stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba until leaving the
service as a corporal.
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