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 Highsmith,
On today, the 85th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country and to the Service. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 7, 2022

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