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MADDINGTON res­i­dent Graham Lewis has spent his life serv­ing his coun­try and his com­mu­nity.

It is his work in the navy as well as the many vol­un­tary roles the 70-yearold has had over the past 40 years that has seen him awarded the Medal of the Or­der of Aus­tralia.

His time in the navy means he now lives with a self-de­scribed “se­vere case” of post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der.

He was born in 1946 and joined the navy in 1962, see­ing saw ac­tive ser­vice in 1964 in In­done­sia and South­east Asia.

“I have all sorts of flash­backs and that has re­quired med­i­ca­tion for over 30 years. When you are in ac­tion it’s a whole other world. I was still 17 when I saw ac­tive ser­vice - most kids that age are still in school,” he said.

“Some of my days start good, fin­ish lousy.”

He said he ac­cepted he would be on med­i­ca­tion the rest of his life.

He has also served his com­mu­nity in var­i­ous vol­un­tary roles.

While liv­ing in Kal­go­or­lie in 1975 he was asked to be­come a Justice of the Peace and has been one since.

He said he reg­u­larly went to Hakea Prison to as­sess peo­ple to be­come sureties for pris­on­ers.

“Ev­ery day of my life there is JP work to be done,” he said.

“I have al­ways served. I served my coun­try and I serve my fel­low man.”

One of his roles is with TS Can­ning as a vol­un­tary in­struc­tor of­fi­cer.

He was pro­moted to be­ing in com­mand in 1981 and helped build the unit, which helped pre­pare peo­ple for life.

Mr Lewis has also been in­volved in wood­turn­ing for 15 years and spent five years from 1998-2002 vol­un­tar­ily driv­ing for se­nior cit­i­zens on day trips.

Orig­i­nally his task was to take se­niors to shop­ping cen­tres, but he pitched the idea of go­ing on trips to the coun­try­side. He be­gan tak­ing them to coun­try towns such as Northam, York and Pin­jarra.

Mr Lewis has since joined the Lid­dlelow Homestead in Ken­wick to par­tic­i­pate in wood­turn­ing and even­tu­ally be­came an in­au­gu­ral mem­ber of the Gos­nells Wood­turn­ers Club.

Af­ter learn­ing about wood­turn­ing and be­ing awarded prizes in com­pe­ti­tions, he be­gan teach­ing at the Wandi Wood­turn­ers.

He started with one mem­ber at Wandi and it has since grown to more than 15.

Mr Lewis said one of his great­est achieve­ments was teach­ing a dis­abled man with the use of only one arm to turn wood.

BYFORD’S Ric Gi­blett was awarded a Medal of the Or­der of Aus­tralia for ser­vice to vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies.

Mr Gi­blett is pres­i­dent of the Ser­pen­tine-Jar­rah­dale sub­branch of the RSL of Aus­tralia.

He was a foun­da­tion mem­ber of the branch and is a pen­sion and ad­vo­cacy of­fi­cer of the Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Fed­er­a­tion WA.

Hew­son Pic­ture: Jon www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d464285

Graham Lewis of Maddington says he has al­ways served oth­ers.

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