*MILLER, GARY L.
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, Va. Born: 19 March 1947, Covington, Va.
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.