Gary L. Miller

MILLER,GARY
Gary L. Miller

Gary L. Miller

First Lieutenant Gary L. Miller, Infantry, for conspiuous intrepidity and gallantry in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. First Lieutenant Miller, Infantry, Company A, was serving as Platoon Leader at night when his company ambushed a hostile force infiltrating from Cambodian santuaries. After contact with the enemy was broken, First Lieutenant Miller led the 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 Lieutenant 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 First Lieutenant Miller, who in 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.

Additional Information

  • Rank

    First Lieutenant

  • Graduated From

    Fort Benning, Georgia

  • Key Assignment

    Vietnam

  • Highest Award

    Medal of Honor

  • Year Inducted

    1981

  • Branch Of Service

    Infantry

  • HF ID #

    HF_01000

  • MH ID#

    MH_00035