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is honored on Panel 5W, Line 117 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Silver Star Medal Award

    Posted on 2/18/19 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Sergeant Lewellen was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his exemplary courage under fire while serving with the 101st Airborne Division.
  • A Fallen Condor

    Posted on 6/4/16
    Walter was assigned to C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). If you are looking for more information regarding him, go to the C/2/17 Condor Alumni website and contact someone from that site. The link to the site is .
  • Final Mission of SGT Walter E. Lewellen

    Posted on 7/15/15 - by
    LAM SON 719 was a large offensive operation against NVA communications lines in Laos. The operation called for ARVN troops to drive west from Khe Sanh, cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail, seize Tchpone and return to Vietnam. The ARVN would provide and command the ground forces, while U.S. Army and Air Force would furnish aviation airlift and supporting firepower. The 101st Airborne Division commanded all U.S. Army aviation units in direct support of the operation. Most of the first part of the operation, which began January 30, 1971, was called Operation DEWEY CANYON II, and was conducted by U.S. ground forces in Vietnam. On February 8, 1971, early into the operation, a U.S. Army OH-6A helicopter was shot down about 8 miles east of Tchpone. This aircraft, flown by pilot WO1 Gregory S. Crandall, was crewed by scout/observer SP4 Robert J. Engen and crew chief SGT Walter E. Lewellen. They were conducting an aerial reconnaissance mission when Crandall radioed that he was under heavy enemy fire. As he maneuvered to evade the fire, the aircraft was seen to crash and catch on fire. There was one major and six secondary explosions. About March 7, an ARVN unit spotted the wreckage, but was unable to reach it to thoroughly investigate. It was never learned for certain that the crew perished. Losses were heavy in Lam Son 719. The ARVN lost almost 50% of their force. U.S. aviation units lost 168 helicopters; another 618 were damaged. Fifty-five air crewmen were killed, 178 wounded, and 34 missing in action during the entire operation, lasting until April 6, 1971. In the early 1990’s, remains were returned to the U.S. that the government claimed were from the lost crewmen. [Taken from]
  • Thank You

    Posted on 2/18/15 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Thank you Sgt. Lewellen for your skill, leadership, and courage under fire.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/22/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT Walter Edward Lewellen, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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