Miller, Jerry Lee, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 0369, D Co, 1st Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (1/9)
Service Years
1957 - 1967

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Home State
Utah
Utah
Year of Birth
1939
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Last Address
Ogden, UT

Casualty Date
Jul 02, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Brown Chapel Cemetery - Butler County, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
22E line 10

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 Unit Assignments
9th Marine Regiment3rd Marine DivisionIII MAFFleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)
1st Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (1/9)
  1966-1967, 0369, 9th Marine Regiment
  1966-1967, 0369, 3rd Marine Division
  1966-1967, 0369, III MAF
  1966-1967, 0369, Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)
  1966-1967, 0369, D Co, 1st Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (1/9)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Buffalo
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SSGt Miller left a wife Carol and sons Jay and Carl

S.Sgt. Jerry Miller was an Infantry Unit Leader of Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd. Marine Division, 3rd. Marine Amphibious Force. Jerry was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart for fatal wounds he received during combat action in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam on 7/2/1967. SSgt. Miller was fatally wounded by artillery, Rocket or Mortar. He died outright and his body was recovered the same day. SSgt. Jerry Lee Miller is honored on the Vietnam Memorial Wall, Panel 22E, Line 109, in Washington, DC.
   
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- Messages from "The Virtual Wall" - Posted for: JERRY LEE MILLER: Jerry is buried at Brown Chapel, Butler Co, MO. PH/2 GS Posted by: Robert Sage Email: rsage@austin.rr.com Relationship: Saturday, January 2, 2010 ______________________________________
 At 0930 on 02 July 1967 Bravo 1/9 reported receiving fire from an estimated 150 VC. The figure was  later raised to a Battalion then to two Battalions of the  North Vietnamese Army's 90th Regiment, 240B Division who ambushed and overran Bravo Company, 1/9 Marines near Con Thien combat base. That action led to a day-long battle fought on Route 561 between An Khe and Gio Linh, Quang Tri Province. Alpha and H&S Companies reinforced Bravo followed by a Platoon of Charlie Co, four tanks and elements from 3/9. 
 
The ambush was from three sides with flame-thrower attacks forcing men onto the open road where they were subjected to and artillery and motor fire. The Company Commander Captain Coates, two Platoon Commanders, the Artillery FO and the company radio operator were all KIA and Captain Keneipp, the forward air controller assumed command before being KIA himself. Air and artillery strikes from Con Thien and Dong HA were employed with Napalm falling to within twenty meters of the hastily formed perimeter. Reinforcements established an LZ to evacuate the casualties but it too was rocketed inflicting wounds on those already WIA who had been at that point fortunate to make it that far. 

At day's end, around 1730, the battalion broke contact with 53 known dead,190 wounded and 34 men missing from its units. An additional five KIA came from a downed F-4 and chopper crews. It was one of the costliest battles of the war that year. Just 27 men from Bravo walked out of the battle.  

The 1/9 Marines regrouped and returned to the battleground on 5 July where they recovered additional bodies, raising the casualty count to 91. One Marine was carried as Missing in Action - Sergeant Wayne V. Wilson. On 05 September 1973, the Secretary of the Navy approved a Presumptive Finding of Death, changing his status from MIA to KIA/BNR.
 
   
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