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Lewis Lee Millett, Sr
Birth: Dec. 15, 1920
Mechanic Falls
Androscoggin County
Maine, USA
Death: Nov. 14, 2009
Loma Linda
San Bernardino County
California, USA

Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was decorated for an uphill bayonet charge into a fortified position. Raised in Maine, he joined the National Guard at 17 and served until 1940, when he left (technically, deserted) to join the Royal Canadian Army Air Corps due to his belief that the United States would not enter WWII. Millett saw combat as a gunner in North Africa, then, upon returning to the US Army in 1942, rose to sergeant, won the Silver and Bronze Stars, and received a battlefield commission the same day he was notified that his old records had caught up with him; court-martialed in absentia for desertion, he had been fined $52. Millett continued his service, then, after the war, returned to the Maine National Guard. He graduated from Bates College in 1949, then was re-activated for the Korean War. On February 7, 1951, then-Captain Millett was in command of E Company, 2nd. Battalion, 27th. Infantry at Soam-ni, Korea, participating in "Operation Punch". Observing a large number of Chinese fortified atop a hill, Millett lead a completely exposed bayonet-and-grenade charge into the stronghold. Though wounded, he continued his command until his men captured the position. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor by Harry Truman on July 5, 1951, at the White House. In 1956, he graduated from Ranger School, and was assigned to the 101st. Airborne "Screaming Eagles". While at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, Millett established Division Recondo, an alternative Ranger training course (as opposed to the better-known one at Ft. Benning) that has been activated and de-activated several times over the years. In Viet Nam, he performed a variety of special operations duties, then retired in 1973. In his later years, he was active in veterans organizations, and a frequent guest at military functions. He died after a brief illness. The Colonel's awards include the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, three Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star, and four Purple Hearts. He is the only man in Army history to achieve the rank of Colonel after a conviction for desertion. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
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  Winona M Williams Millett (1923 - 1993)*
 
 Children:
  John Morton Millett (1958 - 1985)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside
Riverside County
California, USA
Plot: Section 2, Grave #1910
 
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Nov 15, 2009
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- Dave Desiderio
 Added: Jun. 9, 2014
Sir, this nation is strong because of men like you. I am glad that you lived and breathed the same air as I do. God bless you!
- charles campbell
 Added: Mar. 9, 2014

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