Medal of Honor





Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division


Place and date: Binh Duong Province, Republic of Vietnam, 16 February 1969


Entered service at: Roanoke, Virginia


Born: 19 March 1947, Covington, Virginia




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.

The following message, sent by John E. Anderson, was received on 29 January 1998.

I landed in Vietnam 5 days after the death of Lt. Gary Miller, and I was assigned to Company A, 1st of the 28th Infantry.When I arrived in the company area, the first question asked of me by some soldiers was, "Where are you from?" My answer was, "Covington, Virginia." I could tell something was wrong by the look on their faces. They told me that Lt. Gary Miller was killed 5 days ago, and he was from Covington, Virginia. What a way to learn that war is for real. Gary and I had been friends in high school. I learned from the men that he was well liked and very brave in the face of the enemy.

It was 5 days after my return to Covington that Lt. Gary Miller was awarded the Medal of Honor.

--- General / Personal ---

Last name: MILLER

First name: GARY LEE

Home of Record (official): COVINGTON

State (official): VA

Date of Birth: Wednesday, March 19, 1947

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single


--- Military ---

Branch: Army

Rank: 1LT

Serial Number: O5352410

Component: Reserve

Pay grade: O2

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 1542


--- Action ---

Start of Tour: Thursday, December 19, 1968

Date of Casualty: Sunday, February 16, 1969

Age at time of loss: 21

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Binh Duong

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