Posted by: Jacqui Murray | January 14, 2011

Eight Amazing American Warriors–Part Two

…you’ve never heard of.

2. Colonel Lewis L. Millett, U.S. Army (World War II, Korea)millett

How much did Millett hate America’s enemies? In 1941, while training in the Army Air Corps, he heard President Roosevelt declare that America wouldn’t go to war in Europe, so he deserted and joined the Canadian army to fight Nazis. While waiting in England to fight, the U.S. Army caught up, and he was allowed a transfer back to his native military, with which he fought in North Africa. While there, he was awarded the Silver Star for driving a burning ammunition-filled halftrack away from his fellow soldiers, then leaping away to safety just before it exploded.

Millett then got promoted into the officer corps — despite the court-martial for desertion — and eventually served in Korea as a company commander, where he earned the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross (the nation’s two highest medals for valor) for two leading two different bayonet charges. From his Washington Post obituary (he died one year ago):

“We had acquired some Chinese documents stating that Americans were afraid of hand-to-hand fighting and cold steel,” he told Military History. “When I read that, I thought, ‘I’ll show you, you sons of bitches!’”


Bonus Badass Points: Rocking a sweet mustache for half a century.

3. Captain George Mallon, U.S. Army (World War I)

–credit for series to Uproxx

Prior posts from this series:



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