West Point native honored by Dodgers in fitting tribute

Commander Dr. Ewing was honored by the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend

A West Point native trades in his hometown green for one night in favor of Dodger Blue.

Navy Commander Dr. William B. Ewing, a 1966 graduate of Fifth Street High School who now lives in Lemoore, Calif., was honored Sunday by the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of the team's year-long "Military Hero of the Game."

The day was extra special for Ewing as it also was "Jackie Robinson Day" at Dodger Stadium, recognizing the 71st anniversary of Robinson breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier when he played for the Dodgers.

Ewing's career also has been one of breaking down color barriers.

And yes, the Dodgers also won, 7-2 over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

One of eight children, Ewing is the son of Inez Ewing of Prairie and the son-in-law of Mrs. Earline Coleman-Mattix of West Point.

He completed his undergraduate degree in biology and pre-med from Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss. While enrolled at Jackson State, he participated in student exchange programs, spending either summers or semesters at the State University of New York and Harvard.

He earned his medical degree from the University of California at San Diego. From there, he completed internships and residency training at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in New Orleans. 

Commander Ewing joined the Navy in 1975.  He entered the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Fla., and completed basic jet training, becoming one of the Navy's first African-American jet-trained flight surgeons.

He then reported to Carrier Air Wing 2 in San Diego and was immediately attached to Attack Squadron VA-25 Fist of the Fleet and Strike Squadron VA-113 The Stingers in Lemoore, Calif., in 1976.
Shortly after that he boarded the USS Ranger for one of his tours of duty.

In 1979, he helped establish the Family Practice Department and was Chief of Emergency Services at the Naval Hospital. After completing that assignment, he served as Chief of Aviation medicine until he was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1986.

Commander Ewing has been awarded the National Defense Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and Commendation from the Secretary of the Navy for Physical Fitness Standards.

He and his wife, Janice, are lifelong Los Angeles Dodger fans. They  the proud parents of their daughter, Dionne, son, Christopher, grandson, Devin, and granddaughter, Kya.

Dr. Ewing is currently practicing family medicine and serving as the Chief of Staff for Adventist Health Systems Central Valley Network.