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[caption id="attachment_752" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Colonel Lewis Millet, Medal of Honor (photo courtesy the Congressional Medal of Honor Society)"]Colonel Lewis Millet, Medal of Honor (photo courtesy the Congressional Medal of Honor Society)[/caption] Holders of the Medal of Honor.  There are 100 Senators.  When I joined the Army, there were 293 living Holders.  There's good news and bad news in that - the good news is... we haven't had to fight the kinds of wars that produce large numbers of Medals.  The bad news, is that empirically, the Services seem to be gravitating to making it harder and harder to earn a Medal without dying during the act.  But that's a different rant.  From the American Legion District 21, Department of California we learn of the passing of a Holder, Colonel Lewis Millett:
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. 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 the Press Enterprise for more details: Rees Lloyd Past Commander and Scribe, District 21 (Riverside County)
The American Legion Dept. of California
Now is the time at the Burn Pit when we render honors: In Memoriam of Colonel Lewis Millett, Medal of Honor.  He just tossed his beret onto the hooks at the bar at Fiddler's Green....
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.
(John Donovan is a Legionnaire with the Department of Kansas with service in the U.S. Army. He blogs at his own website The Castle Argghhh!)
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Yes I have had the pleasure of meeting this great Man on several ocassions and to all who is concern of his greatness look at and in his past for I have said to Col. Millett of his reminding me of my grandfather who was the greates man in my younger life and low and behold comes forth a man who was given to this country by god to be a greater combat veteran that no one has ever seen before. An d as i said and wrote to his familys. at his present age, we saw a hint of his youth,in his gleamming blue eyes of steel. God Bless You Sir.

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News from the World of Military and Veterans Issues. Iraq and A-Stan in parenthesis reflects that the author is currently deployed to that theater.