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  • Hero Who Led Last Bayonet Charge Dies

    Admins move this if needed.
    I just felt like I wanted to post it here.
    If its been seen, forgive me.

    Im sure you'll all appreciate it though.

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    November 20, 2009
    Army News Service
    Retired Col. Lewis L. Millett, who received the Medal of Honor during the Korean War for leading what was reportedly the last major American bayonet charge, died Nov 14.

    Millett, 88, died in Loma Linda, Calif., last weekend after serving for more than 15 years as the honorary colonel of the 27th Infantry Regiment Association.

    Millet received the Medal of Honor for his actions Feb. 7, 1951. He led Company E, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division in a bayonet charge up Hill 180 near Soam-Ni, Korea.

    A captain at the time, Millet was leading his company in an attack against a strongly held position when he noticed that a platoon was pinned down by small-arms, automatic, and antitank fire.

    Millett placed himself at the head of two other platoons, ordered fixed bayonets, and led an assault up the fire-swept hill. In the fierce charge, Millett bayoneted two enemy soldiers and continued on, throwing grenades, clubbing and bayoneting the enemy, while urging his men forward by shouting encouragement, according to his Medal of Honor citation.

    "Despite vicious opposing fire, the whirlwind hand-to-hand assault carried to the crest of the hill," the citation states. "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 the attack, Millett was wounded by grenade fragments but refused evacuation until the objective was firmly secured. He recovered, and after the war went to attend Ranger School.

    In the 1960s he ran the 101st Airborne Division Recondo School, for reconnaissance-commando training, at Fort Campbell, Ky. Then he served in a number of special operations advisory assignments in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. He founded the Royal Thai Army Ranger School with help of the 46th Special Forces Company. This unit is reportedly the only one in the U.S.Army to ever simultaneously be designated as both Ranger and Special Forces.

    Millet retired from the Army in 1973.

    "I was very saddened to hear Col. Millett passed away," said Maj. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., the current commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. "He was a rare breed, a true patriot who never stopped serving his country. He was a role model for thousands of Soldiers and he will be missed."

    Millet was born in Maine and first enlisted in 1940 in the Army Air Corps and served as a gunner. Soon after, when it appeared that the U.S. would not enter World War II, he left and joined the Canadian Army.

    In 1942, while Millet was serving in London, the United States entered the war. Millet turned himself into the U.S. Embassy there. He was eventually assigned to the 1st Armored Division. As an antitank gunner in Tunisia, Millet earned the Silver Star after he jumped into a burning halftrack filled with ammunition, drove it away from allied soldiers and jumped to safety just before the vehicle exploded. He later shot down a German fighter plane with a vehicle-mounted machine gun.

    As a sergeant serving in Italy during the war, his desertion to join the Canadian forces caught up to him. He was court-martialed, fined $52 and denied leave. A few weeks later he was awarded a battlefield commission. After the war, he joined the 103rd Infantry of the Maine National Guard, and attended college, until he was called back to active duty in 1949.

    In addition to the Medal of Honor, Millett earned the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit and four Purple Hearts during his 35-year military career. After his retirement, he remained active in both national and local veterans groups from his Idyllwild, Calif., home.

    His son, Staff Sgt John Morton Millett, was a member of the 101st Airborne Division returning from duty in the Sinaii Dec. 12, 1985, when a charter plane crashed upon takeoff after stopping at Gander, Newfoundland. He was one of 256 Soldiers killed in the crash.

    On Feb. 7, 1994, retired Col. Millet was honored with a ceremony on Hill 180, now located on Osan Air Base, South Korea. The ceremony became an annual one and the road running up the hill was named "Millet Road."

    In June 2000, Millet returned to Seoul, South Korea, and served as keynote speaker at the Army's 225th Birthday Ball at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. All eight of the then-living Korean War Medal of Honor recipients attended the event.
    This year, Millet served as the grand marshal of a Salute to Veterans parade, April 21 in Riverside, Calif. He died Nov. 14 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif., of congestive heart failure.

    A memorial service for Millet is scheduled for Dec. 5 at the National Medal of Honor Memorial, Riverside National Cemetery in California.

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    Re: Hero Who Led Last Bayonet Charge Dies

    Amazing story of what sounds to be an amazing person. Sad to see a person that has done so much leave. Hopefully his memorial gives him the respect he deserves.
    |TG-69th|chrisweb89


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    • #3
      Re: Hero Who Led Last Bayonet Charge Dies

      Incredible service record, takes real guts to do stuff like that in the moment


      If you find yourself in a fair fight, then you have obviously failed to plan properly.

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      • #4
        Re: Hero Who Led Last Bayonet Charge Dies

        It's plain and simple. This guy was straight-up badass.

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        • #5
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          Found the story and the picture on the link. Hope it's okay to post it.

          http://www.defenselink.mil/news/news....aspx?id=56792

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          • #6
            Re: Hero Who Led Last Bayonet Charge Dies

            Great story...thanks Warlab!
            What's weird about a young goats head, smoking a joint, tied with a scarf to a mobile artillery gun? - Jeepo


            Killing threads since 2007

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            • #7
              Re: Hero Who Led Last Bayonet Charge Dies

              Nice Pic Cr8Z.

              Wouldn't it have been cool to have a beer with that guy ?
              His stories would have been awesome.

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              • #8
                Re: Hero Who Led Last Bayonet Charge Dies

                Just out of curiosity, I see names like the 10th mountains or 101st airborne popping up again and again. How does that work ? Have units who became famous in the second world war, been inflated so their name pops up a lot more and more and more soldiers get to sign up to be part of the 101st and the like ?

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                • #9
                  Re: Hero Who Led Last Bayonet Charge Dies

                  There were plenty of famous US units in WW2.
                  You've happened to home in on two of them that are still active.
                  As the US Army downsized after the war most units were deactivated.
                  That's all Golgo :)

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                  • #10
                    Re: Hero Who Led Last Bayonet Charge Dies

                    Another WW2+ era soldier gone....but not forgotten RIP.
                    "It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle."
                    "To show you what a difference retirement makes. Last year when I gave an order, 541,000 men and women jumped," he explained. "Now I can't even get the plumber to come over."
                    Norman Schwarzkopf

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                    • #11
                      Re: Hero Who Led Last Bayonet Charge Dies

                      What?
                      HE GOT FINED $52?
                      He was told that he should not kill, and he did not kill, until he got into the Army. Then he was told to kill, and he killed.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Hero Who Led Last Bayonet Charge Dies

                        Originally posted by Golgo13 View Post
                        Just out of curiosity, I see names like the 10th mountains or 101st airborne popping up again and again. How does that work ? Have units who became famous in the second world war, been inflated so their name pops up a lot more and more and more soldiers get to sign up to be part of the 101st and the like ?
                        They're simply units that were involved in things in WWII and still happen to be active. Unit history and all. 10th Mountain, 101st Airborne, 82d Airborne, 1st Infantry, 1st Calvary Division, 1st Armored, etc, etc. Some units active today that were in WWII were deactivated for a long time.

                        For example, 10th Mountain was stood up in 1943 to fight in the mountains of Italy. After Japan surrendered, 10th Mountain returned to then-Camp Carson (now Fort Carson) and was deactivated in 1945. Then it was reactivated at Ft. Riley, Kansas in 1948 as the 10th Infantry Division to serve as a training unit. It eventually moved to Ft. Benning, Georgia and was again deactivated in 1957? 1958? Something like that.

                        It stayed inactive until 1985, when it was reactivated at Fort Drum, New York. It also regained its Mountain tab, thus it started as 10th Mountain, became 10th Infantry, and then turned into 10th Mountain again (for historical purposes, not to denote that the 10th Mountain was a specialized warfare unit for mountain locales).

                        So, there you go. Probably more than you wanted to know.

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