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As a life member of the Vietnam Security Police Association I was able to attend a Memorial Service for Airman Lehman at a cemetary located in Tucson AZ in 2003. The VSPA conducted the Memorial Service for Airman Lehman, and placed a wreath at the grave site. Airman Lehman's Mother and his former fiancee were guest of the VSPA at this service.
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On Friday, April 8, 2011, the Security Forces Complex at Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson, Arizona was dedicated in the memory of AlC Millard W. Lehman, KIA at Binh Thuy Air Base, Republic of Vietnam. On July 8, 1966, after completing a shift working in the armory, Airman Lehman volunteered, as he did so many times, to relieve posts so others could receive a hot meal. Shortly after he relieved one of the posts, the base came under enemy attack from 75mm recoilless rifles. Airman Lehman remained on post to sound the base alerting siren despite his relatively exposed position and the close proximity of exploding shells. He continued to sound the alarm warning others of the attack. The post he was manning took a direct hit and the resulting powerful explosion killed Airman Lehman instantly. Because of his heroic actions and unselfish dedication to duty, he saved countless lives and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart posthumously.
Airman Lehman was laid to rest at South Lawn Cemetery, Tucson, Arizona. He left behind his mother Rachel Lehman, father Millard Lehman Sr., brother Shayne Lehman, daughter Crystal, and his fiancé at that time, Erlyce Guenin.
As a result of untiring effort on the part of the Vietnam Security Police Association and the then-Commander of the 355th Security Forces Squadron Major Christopher "Kit" Johnson, the Security Forces Complex on Davis Monthan Air Force Base was dedicated and re-named in Airman Lehman's honor on April 8, 2011. Attending the dedication were his mother Rachel, brother Shayne, his wife Syndi, Shayneï¿½??s daughter Jessica and her husband, Brandon Brooks, Erlyce (Guenin) and her husband Myron Pekas, Erlyceï¿½??s sister Cindi Drummond and her husband, Mike, Erlyceï¿½??s friend Karen Lynn (Levasseur) Valentine, Lehmanï¿½??s childhood friends Tom and Monte Colvin and Monteï¿½??s wife, Karen, VSPA President Phil Carroll, VSPA President Emeritus Steve Gattis, Vice President Greg Cain and his wife, Sheila, Secretary Dennis Evans, two VSPA members who were at Binh Thuy AB the night Lehman was killed (Wendell ï¿½??Dukeï¿½?? Windsor and Danny Strand) many other Binh Thuy Airman and other VSPA members from around the country, officers, dignitaries, and members of the 355th Security Force Squadron of Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson.
One of the driving forces behind the dedication of the building was VSPA member Bill Cummings, and 355th Squadron member Ssgt. Lamasney. A debt of gratitude is owed to Bill and Sggt. Lamasney for their efforts in ensuring the presentation of the event itself as well as the smooth handling of all details.