Welcome to "Colonel Lewis L. Millett Hill 180 Memorial Post 10216"
Bayonet Hill 180 Memorial Plaque
The Post was originally named “Hill 180 Memorial Post” when chartered on December 14, 1970. The charter was changed in 2010 following the death of the posts namesake
Lewis L. "Red" Millett to “Colonel Lewis L. Millett Hill 180 Memorial Post” honoring Colonel Millett while keeping the heritage of our original name. Our post is located
in the Pacific Hotel just outside the Osan AB Main Gate in Songtan Si [city], Pyongtaek, Republic of Korea. The post's original location was in the Victoria Hotel in
Songton-Si from 1964 - 1977, with a one year temporary move to Anjung-Ri (Camp Humphrey's area) in 1969. In 1977 the post moved to its current home in the Pacific
Hotel. The post is also home to the Military Order of the Cooties MOC Pup Tent #8 named 'Chokum
Chingos' meaning 'Little Friends', a very active (and fun) pup tent. Find us or Contact us here.
Illustration depicts Army Capt. Lewis Millett leading the soldiers of the 27th Infantry Regiment up Hill 180
on Feb. 7, 1951.
[Click for Photo Gallery...]
VFW Post 10216 "Hill 180 Memorial" is named after a historic Korean War battle, Battle of Bayonet Hill 180 led by Army
Captain Lewis Millett. It was so named because for the heroic Bayonet Charge up Hill 180, led by 'Medal of Honor' recipient then Captain Lewis L. Millet. In Feb
1998 VFW Post 10216 sponsored retired COL Millett's first return to his historic battle location since the battle. As Guest Speaker during the annual
Hill 180 Memorial Ceremony on 6 Feb he gave a memorable speech.
COL Millett returned many times over the following years to participate in the Hill 180 ceremonies and spend time with the members of the VFW post named in his honor.
In 2000 COL Millett helped dedicate a stone on Hill 180 to the first six US personnel to die at the onset of the Korean War.
In 2001 he attended the Hill 180 ceremony during the 50th Korean War anniversary specifically honoring his actions.
In 2002 the BCD dedicated the 'Millett Room' in the BCD headquarters building to him. And in 2003 COL Millett spent time at the Osan BX signing pictures and
visiting with the many service members and family members of the Osan and surrounding military community.
During each visit the Medal of Honor recipient was honored and welcomed as a distinguished guest of VFW Post 10216.
His passing at the age of 88 on 14 Nov 2009 was a great loss to us all.
COL Lewis L. "Red" Millett, 7 Feb 2003, Hill 180, Osan AB Korea
Colonel (Retired) Lewis L. "Red" 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.
Lewis L. Millett, Medal of Honor, Korean War, February 1951
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), Vetnamese Cross of Gallantry and Vietnam Campaign Ribbon among others. Colonel Millett passed away on 14 November 2009.
2012/13 Ernest Lee
2011/12 Alan Hammerstrom
2010/11 Patrick Higgins
2009/10 Shawn Watson
2008/09 Ron Tichota
2007/08 Billy Quintero
2005/07 John Dyck
2004/05 Billy Quintero
2003/04 Phil Moore
2002/03 Jerry Ross
2001/02 Daryl Vroom
2000/01 Ron Davis
1999/00 Keith Michael
1998/99 Jim Proctor
1997/98 Jerry Ross
1996/97 James Malott
1995/96 Roy Banning
1994/95 Okey Warden
1993/94 Randolph Becher
1992/93 Frank Sass
1990/92 Ken Tretow
1989/90 Billy Quintero
1986/89 David Kamin
1984/86 Gerald Kraus
1982/84 Steven Kehran
1981/82 Michael Berzinski
1980/81 Oscar Madere
1978/79 Richard Gilbert
1977/78 Charles Saab Jr.
1975/77 Larry Palmer
1974/75 Bill Voger
1973/74 Raphael O’Conner
1971/73 Ronald Kirby
1970/71 Earl Down
Annual Hill 180 Memorial Ceremony At Osan Air Base 7 Feb 2014
Annual Hill 180 Memorial Ceremony At Osan Air Base 7 Feb 2009
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
VFW NATIONAL ALL AMERICAN POST 2011-2012
Outstanding VFW Post Department of Pacific 2011-2012
Outstanding VFW Post Department of Pacific 2010-2011
VFW NATIONAL ALL AMERICAN POST 2009-2010
Outstanding VFW Post Department of Pacific 2009-2010
VFW NATIONAL ALL AMERICAN POST 2007-2008
VFW NATIONAL ALL AMERICAN POST 2005-2006