Gaylord (Gay) Lewison enlisted into the U.S. Army in late 1949. He had just arrived at his first duty station in Okinawa when his regiment was alerted and immediately sent to help defend the Pusan Perimeter in South Korea in July, 1950. His unit, the 3rd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, was decimated at the battle of Hadong. The survivors then transferred to the 27th Infantry Regiment, part of the 25th Infantry Division, and Gay served out the rest of his one year tour with that unit, taking part in some of the toughest combat of the war. He made the Army a career, and served during the Vietnam War as well, this time as a Master Sergeant. He retired as a Sergeant Major, serving as a Regular Army advisor to the Illinois Army National Guard.