Medal of Honor Recipient to be Recognized by Park University

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Col. Lewis MillettPark University will honor 1963 graduate Col. Lewis L. Millett, a recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions during the Korean War, during a dedication ceremony on Friday, Nov. 7, beginning at 1 p.m. at Thompson Commons on the University’s Parkville Campus.

The ceremony, organized by Park history majors and the University’s Zeta Omicron Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, will include a dedication of a historical plaque and the raising of the Medal of Honor recipient flag in honor of Millett.

Millett, born Dec. 20, 1920, in Mechanic Falls, Maine, was wounded while leading a platoon on Hill 180 in Soam-ni, (South) Korea in 1951. Refusing evacuation, he led a bayonet charge under opposing fire and became engaged in hand-to-hand combat, earning him the Medal of Honor. President Harry S. Truman awarded Millett the Medal of Honor on July 15, 1951. Millett died on Nov. 15, 2009, at the age of 88, and is buried at the Riverside (Calif.) National Cemetery.

During his career, Millett earned the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, three Legions of Merit, four Purple Hearts, the Croix de Guerre (France) and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Millett’s Medal of Honor citation can be read at

Timothy Westcott, Ph.D., associate professor of history, said the dedication ceremony “recognizes the dedicated service that Col. Millett gave to his nation and to all service personnel that serve our country.”

For more information about the ceremony, contact Westcott at or (816) 584-6364.