(courtesy of William Sanders)
Grave marker for Walter R.
Miller, Jr. in Wintergreen Cemetery, Port Gibson (Claiborne county),
Walter enlisted in
Army at Jackson, MS, on 31 August 1964, and went through Basic training
and AIT (Advanced Infantry Training) at Fort Polk followed by jump
school at Fort Benning.
He then served 5 months in
the Panama Canal Zone with the 508th PIR before retuning to the U.S. and
a new posting with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY wher
he prepared for deployment to Vietnam.
On 24 July 1960, he
received a commission as a second lieutenant after graduating from
OCS, Class 502-7, at Fort Benning, GA.
Miller took jump training
at Fort Benning and was then assigned to the 508th in Panama where he
served for 15 months. When he returned to the states he was
transferred to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY in
preparation for deployment to Vietnam.
While in Vietnam, he was
awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the
Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm.
Upon returning to the U.S.
in November, 1968, he was assigned to ROTC Instructor's Group at
University of MS and remained there until attending OCS in February,
Lt. Miller served as
executive officer, HHC, 4th Student Battalion, Fort Benning and was then
transferred to Camp Wolters, TX for helicopter flight school.
Returning to Vietnam, he
would earn the Distinguished Flying Cross with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters and
the Air Medal, with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster and the "V" device for heroism in