NEW BERLIN – A fallen combat veteran from New Berlin will be honored at an upcoming Veterans Day ceremony after he lost his life while saving others in Vietnam.
Charles La Verne Lumm was killed in action while on a medical mission on September 13, 1968 following what family members described as a gunshot to the heart.
Officials in New Berlin will honor Lumm for his service around 11 a.m. on Monday, November 11 at the Frank H. Arnold American Legion Post 348 on Academy Street as part of their Veterans Day celebration.
According to a letter from the United States Army to Lumm’s parents, at approximately 7:35 p.m. on September 13, 1968, Lumm was the attending Flight Medical Technician aboard an medical evacuation helicopter that was proceeding on a mission about 30 miles North of Qui Nhon in Vietnam when the aircraft began receiving fire.
The military said Lumm was killed after being struck by a bullet in the chest while aboard the helicopter.
“I sincerely hope that the knowledge that your son was an exemplary soldier who died while serving his country will comfort you in this hour of great sorrow,” said the letter to the family. “His dedication and skill have been responsible for the saving of life of many of the wounded that we have evacuated from the battlefield.”
“He was, in fact, the personification of a great American heritage, ‘so that others may live.’”
Representatives of the New Berlin Central School class of 1966 met for their 50th reunion earlier this year and made a pact to ensure Lumm would be recognized for his sacrifice. They raised enough money for a memorial stone and scholarship to be started in Lumm’s name.
The event on Monday will recognize Lumm’s service, with retired United States Army Major General Peter S. Lennon speaking at the Veterans Day event, along with New Berlin Mayor Terry Potter.