Originally named “Hill 180 Memorial Post” when chartered on December 14, 1970, the post name and charter changed in 2010 following the death of the posts namesake
Lewis L. "Red" Millett when it was changed to “Colonel Lewis L. Millett Hill 180 Memorial Post” honoring Colonel Millett while keeping the heritage of our original name.
Located just outside the Osan AB Main Gate in the Pacific Hotel of Songtan Si [city], Republic of Korea, the post's original location was in the Victoria Hotel in
Songton-Si from 1964-77, with a one year temporary move to Anjung-Ri (Camp Humphrey's area) in 1969. In 1977 the post moved to its current home. 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.
The post is named in memory of COL Millett and the 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.
15 December 1920 - 14 November 2009 Medal of Honor, Korean War, July 5, 1951 BIOGRAPHY
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.
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.
Lewis L. Millett, Medal of Honor, Korean War, February 1951
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.
Annual Hill 180 Memorial Ceremony At Osan Air Base 7 Feb 2014
MY LAST PARADE
Let the bugle blow
Let the march be played
With the forming of the troops
For my last parade
The years of wars, and the years of
Obedience to orders, unhesitating
Years in the states, and the years overseas
All woven in a web... of memories
A lifetime of service passes in review
As many good friends and exotic places too
In the waning sunlight begin to fade
With martial music of my last parade
My last salute to the service and
Now someone else will take my place
To the sharp young soldiers marching away
I gladly pass the orders of the day
Though uncertain what my future may hold
Still, if needed - before I grow too old -
I'll keep my saber sharp, my powder dry
Lest I be recalled to duty by and by
So let the bugle blow...
Fire the evening gun...
Slowly lower the colors...
2014/15 Daniel Delaney
2013/14 Ernest Lee
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 Dowd
POST AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
2013-2014 VFW Department of Pacific ALL STATE POST
2012-2013 Outstanding VFW Post Department of Pacific VFW NATIONAL ALL AMERICAN POST
2011-2012 Outstanding VFW Post Department of Pacific VFW NATIONAL ALL AMERICAN POST
2010-2011 Outstanding VFW Post Department of Pacific
2009-2010 Outstanding VFW Post Department of Pacific VFW NATIONAL ALL AMERICAN POST