Lewis Lee Millett, Sr.-Riverside, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 33° 53.124 W 117° 16.686
11S E 474283 N 3749484
Quick Description: Korean War Medal of Honor Recipient for action at Soam-ni, Korea on February 7, 1951. He is buried in Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA in Section 2, Site 1910.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 8/21/2019 10:24:55 AM
Waymark Code: WM115ZX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
Views: 4

Long Description:
He was born on December 15, 1920 in Mechanic Falls, ME and died on November 14, 2009 in Loma Linda, CA. He attained the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: LEWIS LEE MILLETT, SR.
Rank: Captain
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company E
Division: 27th Infantry Regiment
Born: 15 December 1920, Mechanic Falls, Maine
Departed: Yes (11/14/2009)
Entered Service At: Mechanic Falls, Maine
G.O. Number: 69
Date of Issue: 08/02/1951
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Vicinity of Soam-Ni, Korea, 7 February 1951

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.

Photo by Ceme-Terry Photographer and posted on findagrave.com.

*SPECIAL EXCEPTION WAYMARK* This category made the decision to approve this waymark based on the research and partnerships between the submitter, Don.Morfe, and individuals who gave permission for their photos of Medal of Honor resting places to be used in this community. Although the vision and philosophy of the Waymarking body is to promote in-person visits and photo documentation, special circumstances can be made on a case-by-case basis such as this submission. We appreciate the fact that Don.Morfe spent over 20 years visiting more than 2,900 Medal of Honor resting places and has documented them in this category with personal photos the past 18 months. He recently took it upon himself to document many more Medal of Honor resting places around the world that he could not visit in person. He reached out to individuals on FindaGrave.com and elsewhere and received permission to use their photos, created write-ups and submitted them here for approval. A compromise was made to allow his submissions here in order to gain a sense of appreciation to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Thank you, Don, for your tireless efforts and contributions to this category and to the Waymarking community!

Armed Service: Army

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