Franklin D. Miller

MACV/SOG

Medal of Honor

Recipient

              

Staff Sergeant F. Doug Miller

 

5 January 1970

U.S. Army

MACV/SOG

5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

1st Special Forces

Kontum Province

Republic of Vietnam

Entered service at: Albuquerque, N. Mex.

Born: 27 January 1945, Elizabeth City, N.C.

 

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Citation:

 

United States Military Advisory Command Vietnam

Studies and Observations Group

Staff Sergeant F. Doug Miller Distinguished himself on 5 January 1970, as team leader of a joint American-Vietnamese long-range reconnaissance patrol operating deep within enemy territory in Cambodia. During the patrol, one of the team members tripped a hostile booby trap, wounding four soldiers. Sergeant Miller, knowing that the explosion would alert the enemy, quickly administered first aid to the wounded and directed the team into positions across a small stream at the base of a steep hill. Within a few minutes, the lead element of an estimated platoon-sized enemy force was moving toward his location. Sergeant Miller directed the small team to move up the hill to a more secure position while he remained alone, separated from the patrol to meet the attack. Sergeant Miller single-handedly repulsed two determined attacks by the superior enemy force and caused them to withdraw in disorder. He rejoined his team, established contact with a forward air controller and arranged the evacuation of his patrol. Sergeant Miller reconnoitered the route to the only suitable extraction location and led his men through the enemy controlled jungle to the site. As the helicopter hovered to pick up the patrol, a savage automatic weapon and rocket propelled grenade attack against the beleaguered team drove off the rescue helicopter. Sergeant Miller led the team in a valiant defense, driving the enemy back. Seriously wounded and every team member a casualty, Sergeant Miller moved his men to a more protected location. He again moved forward to single-handedly meet the hostile attackers. From his forward exposed position, he gallantly repelled two attacks by the enemy until a friendly relief force arrived.

 

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Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Miller, 5th Special Forces Group, distinguished himself while serving as team leader of an American-Vietnamese long-range reconnaissance patrol operating deep within enemy controlled territory. Leaving the helicopter insertion point, the patrol moved forward on its mission. Suddenly, 1 of the team members tripped a hostile booby trap which wounded 4 soldiers. S/Sgt. Miller, knowing that the explosion would alert the enemy, quickly administered first aid to the wounded and directed the team into positions across a small stream bed at the base of a steep hill. Within a few minutes, S/Sgt. Miller saw the lead element of what he estimated to be a platoon-size enemy force moving toward his location. Concerned for the safety of his men, he directed the small team to move up the hill to a more secure position. He remained alone, separated from the patrol, to meet the attack. S/Sgt. Miller single-handedly repulsed 2 determined attacks by the numerically superior enemy force and caused them to withdraw in disorder. He rejoined his team, established contact with a forward air controller and arranged the evacuation of his patrol. However, the only suitable extraction location in the heavy jungle was a bomb crater some 150 meters from the team location. S/Sgt. Miller reconnoitered the route to the crater and led his men through the enemy controlled jungle to the extraction site. As the evacuation helicopter hovered over the crater to pick up the patrol, the enemy launched a savage automatic weapon and rocket-propelled grenade attack against the beleaguered team, driving off the rescue helicopter. S/Sgt. Miller led the team in a valiant defense which drove back the enemy in its attempt to overrun the small patrol. Although seriously wounded and with every man in his patrol a casualty, S/Sgt. Miller moved forward to again single-handedly meet the hostile attackers. From his forward exposed position, S/Sgt. Miller gallantly repelled 2 attacks by the enemy before a friendly relief force reached the patrol location. S/Sgt. Miller's gallantry, intrepidity in action, and selfless devotion to the welfare of his comrades are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

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