Sunday, November 15, 2009

America Loses Another Medal Of Honor Hero

Col. Lewis Lee Millett, a Medal of Honor recipient, has transferred to Post Everlasting. He resided for many years in the mountain community of Idyllwild in the San Gorgonio Pass area of Riverside County, CA. I am forwarding for your information the story of his passing in the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Medal of Honor recipient Lewis Millett dies at age 88

A veteran of WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, Col. Millett, 88, was one of a kind, and a force unto himself, full of life to its end, with his U.S. Army beret, dashing handle-bar mustache, and jaunty demeanor. He was extremely well-known among veterans because of his presence at so many events and ceremonies pertaining to veterans and their families, even when wheel-chair bound. He was a Life Member of The American Legion.

Col. Millett was awarded the Medal of Honor for valor in the Korean War, to which he was called to service as a member of the National Guard. He noted his membership in the National Guard as the keynote speaker in ceremonies at the National Guard Armory in Banning when he and the San Gorgonio Pass community welcomed home a new generation of California National Guard soldiers who had been called to combat duty in the war against terrorism in Iraq.

Col. Millett donated many hours of service at Riverside National Cemetery, where he is one of the Medal of Honor recipients honored at the United States National Medal of Honor Memorial. Nearby at RNC is the U.S. National P.O.W./M.I.A. Memorial, the centerpiece of which is a dramatic sculpture of a bound prisoner of war, kneeling and looking heavenward in an attitude of prayer. It was sculpted by Col. Millett's son, Vietnam War veteran and artist, Lewis Lee Millett, Jr., who waived the entire artist's commission so that the whole memorial, paid for by donations not tax funds, could be completed. Col. Millett joined his Vietnam veteran son at the dedication of the P.O.W./M.I.A. Memorial in his full U.S. Army Uniform.

America has lost one of its bravest, most patriotic, and most colorful, native sons and military heroes, Col. Lewis Lee Millett. May his God and country embrace him as he embraced, and served, each of them.

Please see Medal of Honor recipient Lewis Millett dies at age 88 for more details.

Submitted by
Rees Lloyd
Past Commander and Scribe, District 21 (Riverside County)
The American Legion Dept. of California

Until we all meet again in Flanders Field, Colonel. Rest in Peace, Sir, Well Done.


Sharpshooter said...

may he rest in Peace. Another one of America's heroes who fought to keep us free. The reason we enjoy the freedoms we do today, is because of men like Col. Lewis Millet. God bless him. RIP.

Canuckguy said...

Speaking of war,the armed forces, and heroes, the following tidbit is rather a pathetic and disturbing situation.
Survey Results reported by Nov 16/09 issue of Time Magazine:

75% of Americans ages 17 to 24 who can't enlist in the militry mostly because they
lack a high school diploma, have a criminal record or are physically unfit.

God forbid should the USA ever get into a real big war.
Standards will have to be lowered significantly to get enough cannon fodder.