Medal of Honor recipient Lewis Millett dies at age 88

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Medal of Honor recipient Lewis Millett dies at age 88

Berichtdoor Henk-Willem » 17 Nov 2009, 18:34

By GENE GHIOTTO
The Press-Enterprise

Medal of Honor recipient Lewis Millett of Idyllwild died Saturday morning at Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center in Loma Linda. He was 88.

"He had a brief hospitalization. He came in the day before Veterans Day," said hospital spokeswoman Annie Tuttle.

Col. Millett had various health problems over the last three to five years, including diabetes, said Mike Goldware, a family spokesman.

A cause of death was not announced. Funeral arrangements were pending.

Col. Millett was a regular at patriotic events locally and across the country. In April, Col. Millett served as grand marshal for the Salute to Veterans Parade in Riverside. Earlier this year, a park in San Jacinto was dedicated in his name.

"He was a regular at the (Riverside) National Cemetery," Goldware said. "If he could get on board a military transport, he would go anywhere for the troops."

Col. Millett was born in Mechanic Falls, Maine, on Dec. 15, 1920. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940 and served as an air gunner, then joined the Canadian Army when it appeared the United States would not enter World War II.

"He joined the Royal Canadian Army after President Roosevelt said in a speech that no American boy would fight on foreign soil," Goldware said.

He returned to the U.S. Army in 1942 upon the United States' entrance into World War II and served in the 1st Armored Division. After making sergeant, he was awarded a battlefield commission.

According to his Medal of Honor Citation, then-Capt. Millett distinguished himself "above and beyond the call of duty in action" in Korea, after he and his men came under heavy enemy fire on Feb. 7, 1951.

He ordered and led a bayonet counterattack up the hill, killing enemy soldiers in hand-to-hand assault during which he was wounded by a grenade blast. But by early afternoon, his company had taken the hill.

He was presented the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman in July 1951.

He retired as a colonel in 1973 after a 31-year career in which he served in World War II, Korea War and the Vietnam War.

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Re: Medal of Honor recipient Lewis Millett dies at age 88

Berichtdoor Sine Pari » 18 Nov 2009, 04:16

RIP. Blue skies, gentle breezes, and soft landings at that big A-Camp in the sky.
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You have never lived until you have almost died. For those who have fought for it, life has a special flavor the protected will never know.


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