Hans Lothar Mills

Specialist Five
Army of the United States
01 February 1948 - 18 May 1969
Sterling, Illinois
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Combat Medic

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Hans Lothar Mills

21 May 2008

OPERATION LAMAR PLAIN began on 15 May 1969 when the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) sent a brigade task force south to assist the Americal Division in Quang Tin Province. Elements of the 2nd NVA Division had launched an offensive on 12 May and several strategic locations including the provincial headquarters at Tam Ky were under seige.

On 18 May Bravo Company, 1-501st Infantry ascended Hill 187 which was located one kilometer north of the Bong Mieu River, and 4 km north of LZ Professional. As the troops ascended the hill NVA mortar rounds began to impact around them, and then as the men scrambled for cover the barrage intensified. Mortar rounds landed on each side of the company CP and then a third round found its mark. The company commander and a medic were killed and the CO's RTO was severely wounded.

As casualties mounted, the only remaining medic Hans Lothar Mills scrambled around the top of the hill under heavy fire treating as many men as he could. He would treat one man, grab his medic's bag, and dash over to the next man. Eventually a mortar round exploded near Mills and he was mortally struck by a metal fragment.

According to a younger cousin Mills was known to the family as Lothar but his fellow soldiers remember him as Hans. They also remember him as a very brave and dedicated man who gave his life to save others.

From a Screaming Eagle researcher and fellow Screaming Eagle,
Roger Ables
Taylors, Sc

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A total of seven men were killed in action at Hill 187 where Bravo Company was positioned and at a nearby fortified hill taken by Charlie Company- four infantrymen and three medics:
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Memorial first published on 21 May 2008
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