Americans, Koreans honor Bayonet Hill Soldiers

Members of the U.S. and Republic of Korea military man the formation at the Hill 180 remembrance ceremony at Osan Air Base, ROK, Feb. 7, 2014. This year marked the 63rd Anniversary of the Battle of Hill 180, also known as the Battle of Bayonet Hill, that pitted 14 U.S. Army Soldiers of the 27th Infantry Easy Company against Chinese forces during the Korean War. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Members of the U.S. and Republic of Korea military man the formation at the Hill 180 remembrance ceremony at Osan Air Base, ROK, Feb. 7, 2014. This year marked the 63rd Anniversary of the Battle of Hill 180, also known as the Battle of Bayonet Hill, that pitted 14 U.S. Army Soldiers of the 27th Infantry Easy Company against Chinese forces during the Korean War. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

U.S. Army Col. Charles Mills, Combined Joint Fires Element deputy chief, reads the narrative of the Battle of Hill 180 during the remembrance ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Feb. 7, 2014. ROK air force Maj. Gen. Jae-Bock Park, Combined Forces Command, also spoke at the ceremony and shared his respect for the bravery of the U.S. Army Soldiers who fought off Chinese forces to gain control of the hill. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

U.S. Army Col. Charles Mills, Combined Joint Fires Element deputy chief, reads the narrative of the Battle of Hill 180 during the remembrance ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Feb. 7, 2014. ROK air force Maj. Gen. Jae-Bock Park, Combined Forces Command, also spoke at the ceremony and shared his respect for the bravery of the U.S. Army Soldiers who fought off Chinese forces to gain control of the hill. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Service members from the U.S. and Republic of Korea militaries listen to the narrative of the Battle of Bayonet Hill being read during the Hill 180 remembrance ceremony at Osan Air Base, ROK, Feb. 7, 2014. Thirty out of the 47 enemy forces killed during the battle died as a result of bayonet wounds, which helped the engagement earn the nickname the “Battle of Bayonet Hill.” (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Service members from the U.S. and Republic of Korea militaries listen to the narrative of the Battle of Bayonet Hill being read during the Hill 180 remembrance ceremony at Osan Air Base, ROK, Feb. 7, 2014. Thirty out of the 47 enemy forces killed during the battle died as a result of bayonet wounds, which helped the engagement earn the nickname the “Battle of Bayonet Hill.” (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

U.S. Col. Joseph Gleichenhaus, 3rd Battlefield Coordination Detachment-Korea commander, salutes a wreath honoring those who fought and those who gave their lives in the Battle of Bayonet Hill during the Hill 180 remembrance ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Feb. 7, 2014. Base personnel thronged the area near the battle’s monument to witness the annual ceremony and subsequent laying of the wreaths. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

U.S. Col. Joseph Gleichenhaus, 3rd Battlefield Coordination Detachment-Korea commander, salutes a wreath honoring those who fought and those who gave their lives in the Battle of Bayonet Hill during the Hill 180 remembrance ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Feb. 7, 2014. Base personnel thronged the area near the battle’s monument to witness the annual ceremony and subsequent laying of the wreaths. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Earnest Lee, Korean War veteran and Hill 180 remembrance ceremony distinguished guest, renders a salute to honor the memory of those who fought in the Battle of Bayonet Hill at the conclusion of the event at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Feb. 7, 2014. Lee, along with ROK air force Maj. Gen. Jae-Bock Park, ROK air force Col. Eun-Chul Kim and U.S. Army Col. Joseph Gleichenhaus, were all chosen to place wreaths at the site of the Hill 180 memorial during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Earnest Lee, Korean War veteran and Hill 180 remembrance ceremony distinguished guest, renders a salute to honor the memory of those who fought in the Battle of Bayonet Hill at the conclusion of the event at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Feb. 7, 2014. Lee, along with ROK air force Maj. Gen. Jae-Bock Park, ROK air force Col. Eun-Chul Kim and U.S. Army Col. Joseph Gleichenhaus, were all chosen to place wreaths at the site of the Hill 180 memorial during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

The figure of U.S. Army Capt. Lewis Millett, 27th Infantry Easy Company commander, is displayed during the Hill 180 remembrance ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Feb. 7, 2014. Millett led the Battle of Bayonet Hill and was later awarded the Medal of Honor, July 5, 1951. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

The figure of U.S. Army Capt. Lewis Millett, 27th Infantry Easy Company commander, is displayed during the Hill 180 remembrance ceremony at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Feb. 7, 2014. Millett led the Battle of Bayonet Hill and was later awarded the Medal of Honor, July 5, 1951. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Few can say they have had the privilege of honoring the memory of veterans while standing on the very ground they fought on, but that is exactly what personnel from across the base took part in, Feb. 7.

Located near the 51st Fighter Wing Headquarters, Hill 180 is the site of a famous bayonet charge by U.S. Army Soldiers against Chinese forces 63 years ago during the Korean War.

U.S. Army Capt. Lewis Millett, 27th Infantry Regiment Easy Company commander, led a platoon sergeant and 12 other Soldiers in a courageous charge up the hill, and was later awarded the Medal of Honor.

"Fix bayonets!," said U.S. Army Col. Charles Mills, Combined Joint Fires Element deputy chief, echoing the words Millett used to direct his men during a narrative of the battle. "Charge! Everyone goes with me."

Dodging grenades and machine-gun fire, the Soldiers navigated their way up the hill, using their bayonets to neutralize any enemy threats. Millett took steel shrapnel to his back and legs, but continued to charge. Using a mixture of "grenades and cold steel," Millet and his men killed 47 of the enemy. Since 30 of those died as a result of bayonet wounds, the engagement would come to be known as the "Battle of Bayonet Hill."

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Edwin Reyes, 3rd Battlefield Coordination Detachment-Korea airspace management technician, helped organize both this and last year's event, and said it was an honor to pay tribute to another Soldier.

"In my opinion, there is no way that any war can be compared to the harsh times that Capt. Millett and his Soldiers went through," Reyes said.

Before the ceremonial laying of the wreaths to honor Millett and his men, ROKAF Maj .Gen. Jae-Bock Park, Combined Forces Command, expressed his appreciation for everyone's participation in the event and reminded those present to remember the significance of the Battle of Bayonet Hill.

"I believe the indomitable will of the men is what allowed the Republic of Korea as we know it to exist, and helped lay the foundation of the ROK and U.S. alliance," Park said.