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  • Medal of Honor

    Posted on 2/15/18 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    Louis Edward Willett
    Date of birth: June 19, 1945
    Date of death: February 15, 1967
    Burial location: Middle Village, New York
    Place of Birth: New York, Brooklyn
    Home of record: Brooklyn New York
    Status: KIA


    Medal of Honor

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Private First Class Louis Edward Willett (ASN: 51580250), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rifleman with Company C, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 15 February 1967. Private First Class Willett's squad was conducting a security sweep when it made contact with a large enemy force. The squad was immediately engaged with a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire and pinned to the ground. Despite the deadly fusillade, Private First Class Willett rose to his feet firing rapid bursts from his weapon and moved to a position from which he placed highly effective fire on the enemy. His action allowed the remainder of his squad to begin to withdraw from the superior enemy force toward the company perimeter. Private First Class Willett covered the squad's withdrawal, but his position drew heavy enemy machinegun fire, and he received multiple wounds enabling the enemy again to pin down the remainder of the squad. Private First Class Willett struggled to an upright position, and, disregarding his painful wounds, he again engaged the enemy with his rifle to allow his squad to continue its movement and to evacuate several of his comrades who were by now wounded. Moving from position to position, he engaged the enemy at close range until he was mortally wounded. By his unselfish acts of bravery, Private First Class Willett insured the withdrawal of his comrades to the company position, saving their lives at the cost of his life. Private First Class Willett's valorous actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

    General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 52 (September 30, 1968)

    Action Date: 15-Feb-67

    Service: Army

    Rank: Private First Class

    Company: Company C

    Battalion: 1st Battalion

    Regiment: 12th Infantry Regiment

    Division: 4th Infantry Division
  • Maritime College "Mug"

    Posted on 9/2/16 - by Captain Philip C. Kantz
    I was a first classman (senior) at the New York Maritime College when I first met Lou in 1964. He was an incoming fourth classman (freshman). He stood out to me then because of his demeanor. He was calm and not very studious, but he had a nice, almost gentle way about him, and a wonderful sense of humor.

    In those days, there was a certain hazing of the Mug class by the upper classmen. Most of it was in good fun and Lew always made it fun because he saw it that way. He was liked by most and I remember feeling very badly when I heard that he had decided to resign from the college. We could have used another calm personality in the merchant marine. My remembrances of Lou will always be of a gentle soul who made his world a better place.
  • Peace with Honor

    Posted on 3/17/16 - by Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, MN
    You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Louis.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/19/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Louis Edward Willett, 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
  • Fellow Soldier

    Posted on 10/12/13 - by Phil McCaffrey (distant cousin)
    Thank you. My Dad talks about you all the time. Anytime he shares war stories , he is proud to mention that you served and payed the ultimate sacrifice. Many people talk about you, Aunt Loretta one of them, and all say only good things. I wish I had known you and though we are generations apart, would be glad to kill the enemy by your side.
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