Charles Francis Millay

Specialist Five
Army of the United States
04 May 1941 - 19 April 1965
Philpot, Kentucky
Panel 01E Line 104


Army Aircrew

Purple Heart, Air Medal, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Charles Francis Millay

22 Mar 1999

We served together in Nam with the 145th Aviation Battalion, as "shotgun" volunteers from the 25th Infantry Division, Hawaii.

A memorial initiated by a friend,

28 May 2007

Frankie is my uncle I never knew. He is my mom's brother. I have always thought and prayed for him for as long as I can remember. I am very proud of my uncle and I love him dearly even though I was only 2 years old. Thank you, Uncle Frankie, for dying for us all.

From his niece,

12 Jun 2007

I was one of the replacements after he was killed. He is in my mind forever.

Al Smith
SFC 145th Avn Plt 65-66

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots' Association describes this loss as follows:
"19 April: Operation Quyet Thang 137 was conducted in support of the 22nd (ARVN) Div. The 119th Avn Company joined other elements of the battalion in lifting 320 troops from Phu Cat to LZ Alpha (CR099410) on the penisula north of Qui Nhon. An additional 100 troops were landed at LZ Bravo (CR 075495). Intense ground fire was received from LZ Alpha, and two armed UH-1Bs were shot down and exploded on impact. All crew members were killed. Four other aircraft were also hit with one additional crewman being killed."
Additional information from the 52nd Aviation Battalion's 1965 History permitted the aircraft and the US aircrewmen to be identified. The three aircraft which had casualties were
  • UH-1B serial 63-08632, 145th Airlift Plt, B Co, 25th Avn Bn
    • 1LT Josef L. Thorne, Brookings, SD
    • WO Daniel E. Bishop, Newcastle, CA
    • SP5 Charles F. Millay, Philpot, KY
    • SP4 Gilbert Olivar, Kurtistown, HI

  • UH-1B serial 63-08575, 119th AHC, 52nd Avn Bn
    • 2LT Patrick P. Calhoun, Columbus, GA
    • WO Douglas D. Mack, Amarillo, TX
    • SP4 Arthur F. Hennessey, West Falmouth, MA
    • SP4 Terry W. Mills, St Louis, MO (A Co, 2nd Bn, 27th Infantry)

  • UH-1B serial 63-08646, 119th AHC, 52nd Avn Bn
    • CPT Robert D. Walker, Dallas, TX

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 22 Mar 1999
Last updated 08/10/2009