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Thomas H. Lewis, was a vice president at Young and Rubicam, a Los Angeles advertising agency in the 1940s, He was the first commander of the Armed Forces Radio Service. Then, and today the agency (now called DMA for Defense Media Activity) provided radio, then TV to U.S. troops serving overseas. Lewis received his commission as an Army Major and was later promoted to Colonel. He successfully built the Department’s Radio Service from scratch. Lewis selected Hollywood as the headquarters for the new Service. The organization was established at the Taft building on Hollywood and Vine Streets.