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Colonel Lewis L. Millett Hill 180 Memorial
Osan Air Base Republic of Korea
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This painting depicts Captain Lewis L. Millett charging up Hill 180. Our post's original name was “Hill 180 Memorial Post” when chartered on December 14, 1970. The charter changed in 2010 following the death of the posts namesake Lewis L. "Red" Millett to “Colonel Lewis L. Millett Hill 180 Memorial Post”.
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Colonel (Retired) Lewis L. "Red" Millett was born on 15 December 1920 and passed on 14 November 2009. COL Millett was a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions Korean War actions on July 5, 1951.
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Febuary 7, 1951, Osan AB, Republic of Korea - Hill 180, as it was called during the Korean War, lay between the exhausted Chinese Communist and North Korean forces and General Matthew Ridgeway's revitalized 8th U.S. Army in late January, 1951
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MOC - Military Order of the Cooties Pup Tent #8

"Chokum Chingo's" [Little Friends]

Parent Organization: VFW Post 10216
Chartered: 7 December 1991
Scratch every 2nd Sat, 1330hrs, Post 10216
When the Pup Tent was first organized, it was decided that we were the smallest and newest Pup Tent within the Grand so let's just face up to it. We will be the Little Ones and friends to all. Today we see ourselves in a far different light. We are, and strive to be, the best friends to all but we also say we are little but the biggest workers of the Grand. Institution of the Pup Tent was accomplished on the 7th of December 1991. The installing Officer was then Grand Commander Lou Harmon. The original membership was 30 Charter Members. Since 1991 the membership goal of 100% set by Supreme has been met and exceeded to the point that membership in 2001 was at 56. Over the past 10 years over 41 members have either answered the Final Roll Call, transferred or just dropped out. The dedicated service and efforts of the membership has resulted in the completion of all programs and projects of the Grand and Supreme. Goals as set forth were met and/or exceeded and in some cases by more than 100%. In 1998 The Chingos initiated the Paddy Daddy Program to assist the Grand in the Special Projects Program. Each year a Membership picnic is held with the families in attendance. The results of this event bring a large increase in support from the families toward the activities undertaken by the members. This support exemplifies the current motto of "Together". On the subject of motto "Keep Them Smiling in Beds of White", support of the Old Folks Handicap Home is proof we do. The membership roll proves we cause VFW members to "Take Backward Steps".

Tuskegee Airmen Wall Dedication

Tuskegee Airmen Jim T. Price

Tuskegee Airmen Wall Dedication: VFW Post 10216 conducted a Tuskegee Airmen Dedication Ceremony at the Post Home on Armed Forces Day in May 2008. The guest speaker was Lieutenant General Steve Wood, 7th Air Force Commander; guest of honor was a Post founding member and Tuskegee Airman MSgt (Ret) James (Jim) T. Price. Jim unfortunately passed away that same year only 2 months later in Jul. As part of the Dedication, the Post dedicated a “Tuskegee Wall” with portraits, artwork and personal photos of Tuskegee Airmen. We also had model airplanes made of the Red-tail P-51 and Brigadier General Davis’s F-86 that he flew at Osan AB.
20 Jul 2008: VFW Comrade MSgt (Ret) James ”Jim” T. Price passed away 20 July 2008 following a long hospitalization. Jim was a Founding Member of Post 10216, a Tuskegee Airman, a beloved member of our community and a good friend. Jim was hospitalized following a fall and injury in May 2008 and never fully recovered. Price joined the Army on Dec. 7, 1942. After serving in Tennessee, Texas, France, Germany and Belgium, he became one of the youngest members of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen in 1945. He served with the all-black unit as a B-25 aerial gunman until the military became fully integrated in 1949.

Jim's wife of 43 years, Mrs. Sok Kyun Price, held a Buddhist vigil and "wake" for Jim on 22 July at the VFW. Mrs Price affectionately said "please ask Jim's friends to visit "my ol' man" to say good-bye". A Korean style dinner was served at the VFW that same night. The 51st Wing Commander, Colonel Norman, authorized and coordinated an A-10 fly-over during the 28 July 2008 memorial service to pay respect to this American Hero. The 51st Fighter Wing has officially notified the Tuskegee Airmen's Organization of Jim's passing. Jim was cremated on 23 July. A private family ceremony spread his ashes in the hills of this country Korea he loved so much.

The VFW held a “Draping of the Charter” in honor of Jim on 26 July 2008. A Memorial Service was held at the Osan AB Chapel on July 29, 2008. A pictorial tribute of the memorial named "Osan's Own Tuskegee Airman, MSgt James T. Price" is posted on the Osan AB ROA website.

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