Recipient Name:  Lewis Jay Ericks
, Recipient Age:  96
, Branch of Military:  Army Air Corps
, Dates Served:  1942-1945
, Military Rank:  Master Sgt./2nd Lt.
, Highlights of Military Service:  Attended pilot training-was in TG-4 training glider when they got caught in cumulonimbus updraft.  His glider threatened to smash into the tow plane so he disconnected from the tow & bailed out.  The updraft carried him so high he lost consciousness.  He woke up on the ground, with a lower leg injury.  He entered the cadets at 26 years old.