Robert Edwin Miller

Staff Sergeant
Army of the United States
18 February 1947 - 31 January 1969
Ingleside, Illinois
Panel 33W Line 027


Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Robert Edwin Miller

29 Nov 2005

This is written to honor SSgt Bob Miller of Charlie Co 1/8 Air Cav. He was my platoon sergeant and was a good leader, the type of person who tried to pass his knowledge on to the new guys. The kind of man that was there for you - if you were hurt he would be the first to try to help. The things Bob taught me brought me home safely. The day Bob died we walking down a trail on a new mission when all of a sudden there was a loud explosion behind us. One of the guys in the 3rd platoon stepped on a land mine. The medic was up in front of me and Bob. When Doc came running down the trail to get to him Bob and I stepped off the trail to the right - another explosion went off, this time it was Bob. One second he was alive, the next he was gone - it was so fast. I have never forgotten that day. Came to find out the whole trail we were on was nothing but booby traps, it was so nerve-racking trying to make our way without anyone else getting hurt. I walked point from then on out that afternoon.

I hate that I can't remember the other guy's name who got hurt. He lived. I helped Doc with him. He was put on a chopper and sent back to the rear for treatment. I just wanted to say thanks to my friend Bob Miller for all that he taught me and how to be a good squad leader. I feel because of his help when I was new in country that is why I am home today.

Thanks, Bob, I will never forget you. I know you are in God's hand now. It was a privilege to have served with you.

Sgt Jerry Blevins
E-mail address is not available.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The following entries are taken from the 1st Bn, 8th Cavalry's Operations Log for 31 Jan 1969:

Mr. Blevins' memory serves him well; none of the five men wounded by the booby traps died. There's a small error in the report; in entry #60 SSGT Miller is incorrectly given SP4 Jim Brown's service number.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 29 Nov 2005
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