View Full Version : Lew Millett, Col, USA Retired, MOH

11-15-2009, 17:00
Lew Millett, (SOA # 505-GJ) Medal of Honor recepient passed away at 0430
hours, 15 November, 09. It was apparently unexpected and he passed away
peaceful in his sleep. He was 88 years old. Furneral arrangements have yet
to be announced. We have lost a true hero and friend.

RIP Col.


11-15-2009, 17:05
He lived up in the mountains in the beautiful community of Idyllwild which is a short drive from where I live. I had the privilage of meeting him a couple of times. He was quite a character. The last time that I saw him was at the funeral of Colonel Aaron Banks in '04.

Rest in Peace Sir.

11-15-2009, 17:08
Rest in Peace Col

Your service to your country will always be remembered.

11-15-2009, 17:12
I met him at Fort Benning during the initial Airborne Memorial Walk ceremonies - he was a character and will be missed. :(

His bio:

Colonel (Retired) Lewis Millett was born on December 15, 1920 in Mechanic Falls, Maine. He joined the National Guard at the age of seventeen with the 101st Field Artillery, Massachusetts National Guard. In 1940, PFC Millett enlisted in the Army Air Corps serving as an air gunner. After two years, he joined the Canadian Army. In 1942, Millett enlisted in the Army where he served with the 1st Armored Division. After serving in various positions and attaining the rank of Sergeant, Millett received a battlefield commission. Following World War II, Millett joined the 103rd Infantry, Maine National Guard. He served with the 103rd for four years before joining the 27th Infantry Regiment "Wolfhounds" in Japan.

As a member of the Wolfhound Regiment, Millett deployed to Korea where he served with valor and distinction. While serving as commander of Easy Company he led a bayonet charge against heavily fortified enemy positions, earning the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor. Easy Company killed forty-seven, and another sixty were reported wounded. Of the dead, eighteen died of bayonet wounds.

Following Captain Millett’s service in Korea, he was assigned to the Continental Army Command as Aide de Camp and then as Training and Operations Officer for the Military Advisor Group. In 1956, Millett attended the Infantry Officer’s Advanced Course and Ranger School as a Major. Following his stay at Fort Benning he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division where he founded the Recondo School.

Millett became heavily involved in the Special Operations community following his service with the 101st. He helped establish the Vietnamese Ranger School and the Commando training program in Laos before moving to the Command and General Staff College. Colonel Millett retired in 1973 after serving as the Deputy Commander of the 2d Corps.

Colonel Millett’s awards include the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Legion of Merit (with 2 oak leaf clusters), Air Medal (with numeral 2), Purple Heart (with 3 oak leaf clusters), Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and Vietnam Campaign Ribbon among others.

Richard'd $.02 :munchin

11-15-2009, 17:21
RIP Colonel, Vaya con Dios..

11-15-2009, 18:37
Rest in Peace, Sir.

The Reaper
11-15-2009, 18:39
RIP, Sir.

Thank you for your outstanding service.

You will not be forgotten.


11-15-2009, 18:45
RIP Sir............

Thanks for Your Service and Dedication to Our Country.

May You Not Be Forgotten................

Ambush Master
11-15-2009, 19:01
Rest in Peace Brother!!

Sorry to hear that we have lost another one, that we'll miss seeing at SOAR!! I've known him for a number of years and he was always just "One of the Guys/Us"!!!

Will be on the lookout for you and Col. Jack at that Rally Point, just off of the Final DZ!!

God speed Sir!!

11-15-2009, 19:31
Rest in Peace COL. Thank you for your long and outstanding service to our country and our military. Your impact will live on. You will always be missed and NEVER forgotten.

molon labe

11-15-2009, 19:34
It was a pleasure to have met this amazing warrior. COL Millett, you will never be forgotten.

11-15-2009, 21:29
Rest in Peace

11-15-2009, 21:37

I will forever remember your presence at events involving the 27th Infantry Regiment. You were an inspiration and one hell of a great man. It was an honor to have men like you as the Honorary Regimental Commander.

See you at the RP.

Nec Aspera Terrent.....


11-16-2009, 10:10
Colonel, You will be missed. I met you three time during my career: The first was when you visited Cu Chi in 1967. The next time was when you spoke at the graduation of an RVN Recondo Cjass and the last time was when you visited HQ TASCOM in Worms, Germany.

11-17-2009, 01:59
Thank you for your service sir.

RIP :(

Red Flag 1
11-17-2009, 04:38
Rest In Peace Sir!!

Thank you for your service!!

11-17-2009, 04:41
Rest in Peace Sir. Thank you for your service.


11-17-2009, 06:30

I had the honor of meeting COL Millet, MSG Benavidez and COL Donlon at the 10th SFG(A) Ball several years ago. Sadly two of them are in the Happy Hunting Grounds preparing them for the rest of us.

11-17-2009, 08:02
A true warrior...may he rest in peace.

11-17-2009, 12:45
RIP COL and thank you for your service

11-17-2009, 13:03
Rest in Peace, Warrior ...................:(

Big Teddy :munchin

11-17-2009, 13:19
RIP Sir. Thank you for your service!

11-17-2009, 13:30
Rest In Peace Sir, and Thank You.

Goggles Pizano
11-18-2009, 07:07
In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti Amen.
In pace requiescat Sir.
Dominus vobiscum.

11-18-2009, 07:22
Rest in Peace Col. Thank You for your service & influence.


11-22-2009, 15:00
Rest in Peace Sir. Thank you for your enduring service to our country these many years. God bless you, those you left behind to mourn your loss and celebration of your life.

11-22-2009, 17:07
RIP Col.. Col Millett was a life member of the SOA, too. He was always a joy to be around, and; he had a special flair for the ladies too. We shall all miss you at SOAR.

11-22-2009, 17:41

Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army, Company E, 27th Infantry Regiment.
Place and date: Vicinity of Soam-Ni, Korea, 7 February 1951.
Entered service at: Mechanic Falls, Maine.
Born: 15 December 1920, Mechanic Falls, Maine.
G.O. No.: 69, 2 August 1951.
Citation: Capt. Millett, Company E, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. While personally leading his company in an attack against a strongly held position he noted that the 1st Platoon was pinned down by small-arms, automatic, and antitank fire. Capt. Millett ordered the 3d Platoon forward, placed himself at the head of the 2 platoons, and, with fixed bayonet, led the assault up the fire-swept hill. In the fierce charge Capt. Millett bayoneted 2 enemy soldiers and boldly continued on, throwing grenades, clubbing and bayoneting the enemy, while urging his men forward by shouting encouragement. Despite vicious opposing fire, the whirlwind hand-to-hand assault carried to the crest of the hill. His dauntless leadership and personal courage so inspired his men that they stormed into the hostile position and used their bayonets with such lethal effect that the enemy fled in wild disorder. During this fierce onslaught Capt. Millett was wounded by grenade fragments but refused evacuation until the objective was taken and firmly secured. The superb leadership, conspicuous courage, and consummate devotion to duty demonstrated by Capt. Millett were directly responsible for the successful accomplishment of a hazardous mission and reflect the highest credit on himself and the heroic traditions of the military service.