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SFC Michael Millner

SFC Michael Millner

Alhambra, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 29 Nov 1967 (aged 24)
Burial San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Plot Section MA Site 12
Memorial ID 100042494 · View Source
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In Loving Memory ... SFC. Michael Millner.
*** Sergeant First Class Millner was a member of Detachment A-351, 5th Special Forces Group. On November 29, 1967, he was advising the South Vietnamese on a search and destroy mission near the Cambodian border in Phuoc Long Province, South Vietnam. The enemy attacked and he was declared Missing in Action. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in your family and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 24
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth: 17 December 1942 Born in Alhambra, CA.
Home of Record: Marysville, CA
Marital Status: Married - Linda A. Millner. Three children, Terry L., Lynda L., and Michael L. Millner, all from Yuba City, CA. Parents: Father, LLoyd L. Millner and Mother, Josephine Millner, both from Marysville, CA.

***** "California, Birth Index, 1905-1995"
Name: Michael Millner
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 17 Dec 1942
Event Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
Gender: Male
Mother's Name: Toner

***** Sgt. Millner and I served at the same time at Camp Bu Dop with the 5th Special Forces. He was a close friend,
Several years ago his daughter called me and we had a long chat. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of him.
I will always remember him.
A memorial from a comrade-in-arms,
Paul Posey
Grovetown, Ga

SFC - E7 - Army - Regular Special Forces
His tour began on Nov 29, 1967
Casualty was on Jul 2, 1974
Hostile, died while missing, GROUND CASUALTY

Body was not recovered
Panel 31E - Line 5

Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

Michael Millner joined the Army in 1969 from his hometown of Marysville, California. He was seventeen years old. By the time he was shipped to Vietnam the Army had promoted him to Staff Sergeant and trained him in light weapons, and he wore a Green Beret. In Vietnam, he was assigned to Detachment A-351, 5th Special Forces Group.

On November 26, 1967, Millner was serving as an advisor to an ARVN CIDG unit which began a search and destroy operation near the border of Cambodia in Phuoc Long Province, South Vietnam.

On November 29, 1967, the unit was moving through a generally flat sector covered in elephant grass with scattered forested areas throughout the region when the LLDB commander decided to take a lunch break. Capt. Hasko advised against stopping in this location because the unit would be unnecessarily exposed. The LLDB commander ignored his advice, and as they ate their noon meal, they were ambushed by a well-armed and entrenched Viet Cong (VC) company.

As the enemy rained havoc upon the unprepared CIDG troops with small arms, automatic and heavy weapons fire, the CIDG immediately became completely demoralized and ran from the field in a blind panic. The Special Forces advisors tried to regain control over the fleeing troops, cover their rear and carry the wounded with them as they moved toward an area where they could establish a defensive position.

After the position was established, a headcount was taken. It revealed that Michael Millner was not present. At the same time, they radioed for emergency assistance including air cover.

Once contact was broken, the survivors were extracted and later debriefed. Sgt. Posse reported that as he moved away from the initial point of contact, he looked around and saw SSgt. Millner being captured by VC forces. Further, he noted that Michael Millner was not wounded at the time of capture.

Two days later a search and rescue/recovery (SAR) team was inserted into the ambush site. They searched in and around the entire area from the initial point of contact to the final defensive position, but found no trace of Michael Millner or his remains.

At the time the formal search operation was terminated, and in spite of the fact that Paul Posse witnessed his capture, Michael Millner was listed Missing in Action.

No further information about the fate of Michael Millner was forthcoming until US intelligence received a report in October 1974 concerning the sighting of "a captured American circa October 1967 in the area SSgt. Millner was last seen." Because the report did not provide sufficient descriptive details of the circumstances of loss or of the American POW, it could not be correlated specifically to SSgt. Millner. However, a copy of the sighting report was placed in Michael Millner's records.

In April 1991 the US government released a list of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action who were known to be alive in enemy hands and for whom there is no evidence that he or she died in captivity. This list, commonly referred to today as the USG's "Last Known Alive" list, included Michael Millner.
In 2000 our town finally erected a memorial for our POW/MIA's in Yuba City and Marysville, CA. Being a daughter as well as a wife of Vietnam Vets, it was a honor to attend the unveilings of the memorials in both towns. As we attended the unveiling in Marysville, it was very emotional for me as well as my husband. Each vet was remembered by releasing a balloon with his name and rank attached. The family members of the POW/MIA's were given a carnation with their vets info. tied to it. As my husband went over to sign the guestbook a lady had asked if he was a family member, he replied, no just a vietnam vet. The lady then gave him a carnation, as no family member came to claim it. The name on the flower is Michael Millner. He so subtly came into our lives. He was a name without a face, and an unknown face without a story. Later that day my husband and I went to a local museum of forgotten warriors. As I ventured out on my own, in sadness, and amazement I came across a glass case. I didn't pay any attention to it at first. Until the name Millner caught my eye. The same Michael Millner who just a few hours ago whose flower we received. Now he had a face and part of a story. We learned of Michael's fate and a little about his family and their trials and tribulations that the government put them through. After 10 years of government torture his wife gave up her fight to find out what happened to Michael. After this experience I bought Michael's bracelet for my husband. And I constantly am searching for information on Michael. He is my adopted POW / MIA. I've faced many hours of anger, tears, and never any understanding. I know there is not much I can do for Michael. But everyday I look at that dried carnation, he is remembered, everyday I see a POW flag, or our towns memorial, he is remembered. I will continue to seek information, for some sort of timeline, 13 years of his life disappeard, I now need to put together some sort of timeline for myself, for my peace. It is great to see that Michael Millner is not some unfamiliar name. This has become very personal for me, I can't explain why or how it happened. But to you Michael, you will never be forgotten, and I will continue to demand that your body be brought back to American soil and I will continue searching for information on you and your life. May you rest in peace dear friend, knowing you are not or never will be forgotten. And thank you for giving your precious life, for my freedoms.
Jennifer Lyman





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