IV
Kenneth Bruce MILLER
215783
Corporal
Mentioned In Dispatches
Cpl 'Dusty' Miller was a stretcher bearer with 10 Platoon, D Company, during Operation Merino. On 19 July 1968 the platoon was following up a withdrawing enemy force when the forward scout, Pte Ugo de Longis, saw a Viet Cong on the track and opened fire. Viet Cong in other positions returned the fire and the scout was hit in the stomach by shrapnel from an enemy claymore mine. He fell to the ground and Cpl Miller ran forward under fire to treat Pte de Longis's wounds.
Cpl Miller tried unsuccessfully to drag him from out of the line of fire, then lifted him to his shoulders and carried the wounded soldier from the area of the contact to the rear of the platoon.
By his action Cpl Miller showed outstanding concern for the welfare and safety of the scout and complete disregard for his own safety. His action prevented Pte de Longis being further wounded and was instrumental in saving his life.
Mentioned In Dispatches
shown on Vietnam Medal ribbon
DUTY  FIRST