Lewis A. Key

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant (Infantry) Lewis Albert Key (ASN: 0-1291375), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), attached to the 34th Infantry Division, on ** November 1943, in Italy. Second Lieutenant Key and his platoon were called upon to act as a point for the Battalion in an attack on a hill. He went ahead with his scouts and located an extensive enemy minefield that was directly in the point of advance. Fully realizing the danger involved, Lieutenant Key marked off the minefield and then, without mine detecting equipment, successfully cleared a path through the field so that his battalion could pass through. Second Lieutenant Key's courage, initiative and efficiency was exemplary and a credit to the Armed Forces of the United States.

Rank: Second Lieutenant
Company: Company A
Battalion: 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate)
Division: 34th Infantry Division