Customs Inspector Lewis Allison Highsmith

Customs Inspector Lewis Allison Highsmith

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

End of Watch Thursday, January 7, 1937

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Lewis Allison Highsmith

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.


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Location North Carolina

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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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