|Birth: ||Jun. 2, 1946|
|Death: ||Oct. 4, 1968|
Binh Duong, Vietnam
Vietnam soldier. Affectionately known to his family as "Wayne," he was killed in action at Firebase Gold, a temporary firebase set up in response to Viet Cong activity during the Tet Offensive. The firebase was about eighteen miles due west of Lai Khe in the Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam. He served as a Specialist 4 (a rank similar to corporal) radio operator in Company A, 1st Battalion, of the 18th Regiment of the First Division of the United States Army.
Wayne grew up in Cloverport, Breckinridge County, Kentucky, where he graduated from Frederick Fraize High School. An athlete who played high school basketball and Little League baseball, he had a keen sense of humor and was an accomplished prankster.
In 1967, he married Gail Adkins of Hancock County, and the couple moved to Elizabethtown. In one of his letters home, he expressed interest in becoming a Kentucky State Police Trooper after concluding his military service.
Wayne died only about two weeks before he was to be permanently discharged from the army. His heroic wartime death deeply saddened the Breckinridge County Community, where he grew up. His funeral was delayed until October 16, 1968, because the body had to be transported from South Vietnam. On the day of his funeral, businesses in his hometown of Cloverport were closed in his honor. Dozens of Breckinridge Countians lined the sidewalks of Cloverport and clenched their hearts as the procession slowly made its way from Cloverport Baptist Church to the cemetery. His remains were laid to rest only a few feet from his father, who had died just five years earlier. An Army Honor Guard saluted him with the traditional fire of twenty-one guns, and a bugler bid farewell with "Taps."
Cloverport Baptist Church dedicated its church library to Wayne's memory. His name appears on four stone memorials: (1) the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C., (2) the Kentucky Vietnam Memorial in Frankfort; (3) a war memorial overlooking the Ohio River in Cloverport; and (4) a stone at the Breckinridge County Fairgrounds in Hardinsburg.
Robert Wayne Miller (1922 - 1963)
Mabel Rae Mingus Miller (1926 - 2012)
Bonita Gail Adkins Powers (1948 - 1987)*
Created by: Perry Ryan
Record added: Jun 22, 2006
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