Miller, Gary Lee, 1LT Fallen
 
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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Last Unit
1968-1969, 1st Infantry Division
Service Years
1967 - 1969

Infantry

First Lieutenant


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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1947
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Covington
Last Address
Covington

Casualty Date
Feb 16, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Binh Duong
Conflict
Vietnam War/Unspecified Operation
Location of Interment
Alleghany Memorial Park Cemetery - Covington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
32W 045

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord French Fourragere 1st Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 




 Tributes from Members  
Armor OCS - From John R. Moore posted by MD McJimsey, Gary L., SP 6 155
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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award


 
 Unit Assignments
US Army1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division1st Infantry Division
  1967-1969, 1542, US Army
  1968-1969, 1542, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment/A Company
  1968-1969, 1542, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division
  1968-1969, 1st Infantry Division
 Combat and Operations History
  1967-1969 Cold War (1945-1989)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign 2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969 VSM Streamer
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Date of Birth March 19, 1947
Covington, Virginia
Caucasian
Presbyterian
Single
Covington High School 1965
 
Joined US Army at Roanoke, Virginia
 
Vietnam Tour of Duty Started December 19, 1968
Military Service: 2 years
Died due to Hostile action by Small Arms Fire or other Gun, [Gernade] during Ground Action in Military Region 3 (III Corps RVN), Binh Duong Province.


Gary Miller's Senior Picture from Covington High School 1965


Miller_Gary Lee 1965 Covington HS Senior, Covington, Virginia




   
Comments/Citation


Medal of Honor Recipient


His citation reads:
 
For conspicuous intrepidity and gallantry in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. First Lt. Miller, Infantry, Company A, was serving as a platoon leader at night when his company ambushed a hostile force infiltrating from Cambodian sanctuaries. After contact with the enemy was broken, 1st Lt. Miller led a reconnaissance patrol from their prepared positions through the early evening darkness and dense tropical growth to search the area for enemy casualties. As the group advanced they were suddenly attacked. First Lt. Miller was seriously wounded. However, the group fought back with telling effect on the hostile force. An enemy grenade was thrown into the midst of the friendly patrol group and all took cover except 1st Lt. Miller who in the dim light located the grenade and threw himself on it, absorbing the force of the explosion with his body. His action saved nearby members of his patrol from almost certain serious injury. The extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by this officer were an inspiration to his comrades and are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.



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Internet Remembrances:
 
Jerry St. Amand
Served under you in Bravo Company
 
 
Gary died in my arms. I corresponded with his wife during my tour of duty and then later, after I returned home. After a while, we lost contact. I'd like to make contact again.
 
 
Edward Richardson
Life-long Friend
 
 
Gary along with Charles "Tommy" Cooke and Gary Burks attended the same church and went through school together in Covington, Virginia.  Gary Burks was the first one to die in Vietnam while serving with the US Marines.  Tommy Cooke was next to give the ultimate sacrifice.  Gary Miller and I were present for Tommy's funeral.  At that time, Gary told me how he longed for a platoon.  He was stationed at Fort Campbell, KY and I had just returned from my tour overseas. Gary got his wish.  His love for his men and devotion to duty are encapsulated within the wording of the citation that accompanied his posthumous awarding of the Medal of Honor.  Gary loved his Lord and his family and friends.
 
 
SGT James Bohn
CO A, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry 

Gary, I was there in that ambush, the night you died. Know always that your men loved you and that those men and their families will be forever grateful for your sacrifice. I remember you and honor your sacrifice by speaking your name publicly every Memorial Day. Rest in peace.
 
 
Robert Graham
Cousin
 
Gary Lee.  I miss you.  You were always a hero to me and I will never forget what you did when I was a child.  You were my favorite cousin and I will never forget you.
 
 
 




   
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