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    U.S. Army Captain Lew Millett led the last bayonet charge in U.S. military history. The official citation for his Medal of Honor says “that the 1st Platoon was pinned down by small-arms, automatic, and antitank fire. Captain Millett ordered the 3d Platoon forward, placed himself at the head of the two platoons, and, with fixed bayonet, led the assault up the fire-swept hill. In the fierce charge Capt. Millett bayoneted two enemy soldiers and boldly continued on, throwing grenades, clubbing and bayoneting the enemy, while urging his men forward by shouting encouragement.

    S/Sgt Walter Ehlers joined the Army from Manhattan, Kansas, and by June 9, 1944 was serving as a Staff Sergeant in the 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. On that day, near Goville, France, he led his unit's attack against German forces and single-handedly defeated several enemy machinegun nests. The next day, his platoon came under heavy fire and he covered their withdrawal, carried a wounded rifleman to safety, and continued to lead despite his own wounds. For his actions, he was issued the Medal of Honor six months later, on December 19, 1944.

    Leo Gomez shown second from the right. He was a paratrooper in the 82nd from 1953-56 w/ the 307th Engineers.


    Picture was taken at a reunion.
    17thAirborneSon

    "The horizon is unlimited." Major General Matthew Ridgeway

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    Merry Christmas to these and all other living MOH recipients!
    17thAirborneSon

    "The horizon is unlimited." Major General Matthew Ridgeway

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    • #3
      those guys are looking good for, their age they must be in their early eighties?

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      • #4
        You are essentially correct in you age estimation. My friend
        Leo Gomez stands central in the photograph. He was 101st AB
        in Korea, not a MOH honoree as his contemporaries in the photo
        but a man with a big heart all the same!
        17thAirborneSon

        "The horizon is unlimited." Major General Matthew Ridgeway

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