MILLER WILLIAM MICHAEL
Name: WO1 William Michael Miller
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 09/15/1968 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 21.2
Date of Birth: 07/22/1947
Home City: Keene, NH
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 135 AHC, 145 CAB
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 67-15
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 44W-065
Short Summary: Took one round in the head and died immediately.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16289
Call sign: EMU
Service number: W3157622
Country: South Vietnam
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 12/08/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Hau Nghia Province III Corps.
Additional information about this casualty:
While at Duc Hoa on an ash and trash mission they were told there was a bunch of unarmed VC in the open. They jumped in the Huey and flew out with only their M-60s. Unfortunately at least one of the VC had a weapon and hosed down the ship. WO1 Miller was hit in the head with one round and killed. WO1 Bill Merkley was the other pilot. He took the controls and got the ship back to Duc Hoa. It was full of holes and out of fuel. The CE was SP4 Butch Schook but I don't recall the name of the gunner. Submitted by Tom Rudolph at the VHCMA 2000 Reunion.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died of wounds
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Roman Catholic
Burial information: ST JOSEPH CEMETERY, KEENE, NH
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 06/22/2000
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