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Franklin Douglas Miller

 

TAPS

Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Cremated
  Ashes Scattered in New Mexico  

In Memory Marker
Bushnell, FL
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Born:  January 27, 1945 at Elizabeth city, NC

Entered Service in the US Army from Albuquerque, NM

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism January 05, 1970 at Kontum Province, Vietnam

Died:  June 30, 2000 at the age of 55

Staff Sergeant Miller was team leader of an American-Vietnamese long-range recon patrol operating deep in enemy territory. After insertion his patrol moved forward on its mission when one of the members tripped a booby trap which wounded four soldiers. He quickly administered first aid to the wounded and directed his team into across a small stream bed. Soon he saw the lead element of what he estimated to be a platoon-size enemy force moving toward his location. He directed the small team up a hill and remained alone to meet the attack. He single-handedly repulsed two attacks and caused the enemy to withdraw in disorder. He rejoined his team, established contact with a forward air controller, and arranged the evacuation of his patrol from a bomb crater 150 meters away. He reconnoitered the route and led his men through the enemy-controlled jungle to the extraction site. As the helicopter hovered to pick up the patrol, the enemy launched a savage attack against the beleaguered team, driving it off. Miller led the team in a valiant defense which drove back the enemy and, though seriously wounded moved forward to again single-handedly meet the hostile attackers. He gallantly repelled two attacks before a friendly force reached the patrol.

 

 

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