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Customs Inspector Lewis Allison Highsmith | United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government

Customs Inspector

Lewis Allison Highsmith

United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Thursday, January 7, 1937

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Age: 48

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Automobile crash

Location: North Carolina

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Inspector Lewis Highsmith and Investigator William Butler, of the Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol Tax Unit, were killed in an automobile accident while traveling on official business from Wilmington to Raleigh, North Carolina.

As they approached the Black Lake Bridge on Highway 301 the steering mechanism of their car failed and struck an abutment wall. Investigator Butler and Inspector Highsmith were both killed on impact.

Inspector Highsmith was survived by his wife.

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Investigator William Thomas Butler
United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol Tax Unit, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Tuesday, September 28, 1937
Cause: Automobile crash

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Inspector Lewis Allison Highsmith was my grandfather. I never met him, as he was killed when my father was only seven years old. However, I have a special connection to him. I have been a law enforcement officer since 1979.

I hope my grandfather can look down and be proud of his son, my father, so served heroically at the age of 15 in the Normandy invasion. I. Hope he is proud of all of his children and grandchildren, and the legacy left behind.

Captain Mose Highsmith
Grandson - Brunswick County Sheriff's Office
March 10, 2017

 

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