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Specialist 4 Marvin Miller

Specialist 4 Marvin Miller, drops a smoke grenade into a tunnel

Specialist 4 Marvin Miller, drops a smoke grenade into a tunnel.

Specialist 4 Marvin Miller, hangs from a STABO line below a helicopter. He is stabilizing two wounded soldiers who are being extracted to a hospital.

Specialist 4 Marvin Miller, hangs from a STABO line below a helicopter. He is stabilizing two wounded soldiers who are being extracted to a hospital.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specialist Fourth Class Marvin Miller had one of the most dangerous jobs in Vietnam-he was a “tunnel rat.” Tunnel rats entered the labyrinth of underground passages to clear enemy forces and set explosives to collapse the tunnels.
 

In February of 1969, the 1st Infantry Division discovered many tunnel openings near Chu Chi, Vietnam. The 1st Engineer Battalion tunnel rats were called in to investigate. The tunnel rats discovered a huge underground complex. As explosive charges were being set to seal several entrances, the enemy attacked. Miller raced through hostile fire to the scene of the attack. He assisted in carrying the dead and wounded to a medical evacuation point. When it became obvious that the evacuation helicopter could not land, he volunteered to assist with a stabilized body extraction harness (STABO) rescue. Miller and two wounded soldiers were strapped into the harnesses. As the helicopter lifted the three, Miller steadied the two wounded soldiers to prevent further injury.

For his actions that day Specialist Fourth Class Marvin Miller was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with “V” device (for valor). In part, his citation reads: “His selfless courage and professional performance of his mission were instrumental in saving several of his comrades’ lives and significantly contributed to the successful outcome of the operation.” Specialist Miller exercised selfless service by putting the welfare of the Army and his fellow soldiers before his own.

Specialist 4 Marvin Miller,1st Engineer Battalion in a tunnel near Chu Chi, Vietnam.

Specialist 4 Marvin Miller,1st Engineer Battalion in a tunnel near Chu Chi, Vietnam.

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