VIETNAM - MILLER, CLEVE DAVIS

Miller, Cleve Davis

VIETNAM - MILLER, CLEVE DAVIS
MILLER, CLEVE DAVIS

Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 67N – Utility Helicopter Repairer

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Note: UH-1H, Tail # 68-16387, Crew Chief

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 25-Apr-1951

Hometown: Altadena, California

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 29-Nov-1968

Start of tour: 6-Aug-1969

Incident date: 12-Apr-1970

Date of casualty: 16-Apr-1970

Age at death: 18

Cause of death: Hostile, died of wounds. Helicopter Crash — Crew (MC). Aircraft loss, crash not at sea.
Cleve Davis Miller died as a result of burns received while crew chief on a military aircraft on a combat operation when the aircraft was fired upon by a hostile ground force, crashed and burned. He was admitted to a military medical facility and later expired. / Crew chief on UH-1H on sniffer mission.  Aircraft hit by hostile ground fire, crashed and burned.  Admitted to 93d Evacuation Hospital, Long Binh, 12 Apr 1970 at 1135 hrs placed on Very Serious Injury (VSI) list 12 Apr 1970 at 1430 hrs and later expired.  Incident occurred 12 Apr 1970 at 1000 hrs.

Four Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
CPT George Hartwell Adams
CPT James Mitchell Atchison
SP4 Dionicio Gutierrez Carrizales
SP4 Cleve Davis Miller

Location of fatality: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, XT 570 864

Place of interment: Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, California, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 11W 014 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

SPECIALIST FOUR CLEVE DAVIS MILLER
11 APRIL 1970
AIR CAVALRY TROOP

11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Specialist Four Miller distinguished himself by heroism in connection with ground operations against a hostile force on 11 April 1970 while serving as a gunner with the Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date while flying on a sniffer mission Specialist Miller’s helicopter began to receive- intense enemy ground fire. Despite the heavy fusillade that Specialist Miller put out with his machinegun, the craft crashed. Though Specialist Miller was incapacitated he directed the other gunner to find a clearing and attempt to signal a rescue craft. In spite of his mortal wounds, he was able to save the lives of two of the crew members. Specialist Four Miller’s actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Headquarters, II Field Force Vietnam General Orders No. 2093 (26 May 1970)

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