Park University graduate recognized for receiving Medal of Honor

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PARKVILLE, Mo. -- The Medal Of Honor is America's highest award for members of the military and honors valor, bravery and going beyond the call of duty. Friday afternoon, Park University recognized one of its graduates for doing just that.

Lewis Millett bravely served in the Army and fought in three wars: World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Roger Donlon remembers him as Lew Millett, a friend, leader, and patriot.

"He was the first officer I'd ever saw with a flaming red mustache curled up at the end, waxed," said Donlon, who is also a Medal of Honor recipient.

Like his friend, Millett was a Medal of Honor recipient and graduate of Park University when it was called Park College. A ceremony paid tribute to his life with a newly minted plaque and flag.

"For people to understand service and dedication that all service personnel give. As a Marine veteran, I understand that fully," said Timothy Westcott, an associate professor of history at Park University.

This was a special moment for Donlon, who was able to celebrate his friend.

Millett was a decorated soldier, honored with the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry among others.

The dedication ended with the poem that described the life of a great soldier. It's a poem that Millett penned.

"Every time I hear that poem, I think of the great loss he had. But he was a very compassionate person, too," said Donlon.

A Soldier's Prayer by Colonel Lewis Millett:

I've fought when others feared to serve.
I've gone where many failed to go.
I've lost friends in war and strife, who valued duty over the love of life.
I've shared the comradeship of pain.
I've searched these lands for men that we've lost.
I've sons who've served our land of liberty, who'd fight to see that other lands are free.
I've seen the weak forsake humanity.
I've heard fakers praise our enemy.
I've seen challenged men stand ever bolder.
I've seen the duty, the honor, the sacrifice of the soldier.
Now, I understand the meaning of all lives.
The lives of comrades of not so long ago.
So to you who answered duties siren call,
May God bless you my son, may God bless you all.

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