This soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor for leading bayonet charges in Korea
Millett started out in the Massachusetts National Guard in 1938 with the 101st Field Artillery. In 1940 he joined the Army Air Corps and went to gunnery school.
But when Roosevelt came out and said that Americans would not be fighting on foreign soil, Millett was more than a little disappointed. So he deserted in 1941.
Millett hitchhiked to Canada and enlisted in the Canadian Army and was promptly sent to the UK, where he served as an anti-aircraft radar operator during the Blitz. Of course, after he got to London, America entered World War II — and Millett turned around and tried to transfer back into the US Army.
Thus began a long and storied career in the US military, including his fabled bayonet charges in the Korean War when he wanted to prove a point.
You can learn more about Lewis Millett on the We Are The Mighty podcast! Check it out here.