American Veteran 01


December 31, 1969 ~ August 9, 2021 (age 51)


Daniel “Sonny” Lewis, 23, was born on September 12, 1997, in Lakewood, California; he passed away on Monday, August 9, 2021, in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  He was assigned to Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as a Supply Sergeant.  

In 2014, Danny graduated from Heartland Christian Academy in Bethel, MO.  He attended Long Beach Community College and was a member of the track team.  In 2017,  Danny joined the Army as a Supply Specialist with the goal of becoming a Green Beret.  He deployed to Afghanistan in 2020. Danny was promoted to the rank of SGT on 01AUG2021. SGT Lewis’s military education includes Basic Airborne Course, Basic Leaders Course, Special Operations Foreign and Non-Standard Armourer’s Course, and the Field Sanitation Team Course.  His military awards include the Army Achievement Medal with Combat Device, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Chilean Parachutist Badge, and Expert Rifleman Badge.  

Daniel is survived by his wife, Shakeema Lewis of Fort Bragg, NC; maternal mother, Audrey Reed Wright and step-father, Roger Wright of Albuquerque, NM, maternal father, Chester Pottorff of Willimington, CA; adopted mother, Tracy Lewis of Lakewood, CA; brothers, Joshua Lewis of Twenty Nine Palms, CA; Andrew Lewis of Los Angeles, CA, James Lewis of Lakewood, CA; sister, Katie Lewis of Lakewood, CA ; half-sisters, Sashelle and Leimomi Pottorff of PA; maternal grandfather, Howard Reed of Enola, PA; maternal grandmother, Katie White of Harrisburg, PA; paternal grandmother, Francis Wong of Honolulu, HI; grandmother, Diane Shea of Green Bay, WI; grandfather, Jim Shea of Avada, CO; and step-father.

Danny was a hard worker and was respected by all who worked with him.  Danny enjoyed basketball, music and eating out with friends.  His joyful spirit and laughter will be greatly missed.

Burial at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California with full military honors.

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