Malcolm Thomas Miller

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class
United States Navy
21 November 1946 - 10 May 1967
Tampa, Florida
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Fleet Marine Force Corpsman

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Malcolm T Miller

Photo from Corpsman Miller's niece,
Dana Fisher

The database page for Malcolm Thomas Miller

Veterans Day 2003

Malcolm T. Miller


A memorial initiated by a fellow Corpsman,
HM2 David R. Campbell
30 Mar 2004

Mac and I arrived in Vietnam on March 10 1967. We had been through FMF and shipped out of Okinawa aboard a troop ship to inoculate the Marines on the way to Vietnam. There were 12 of us Corpsmen. When we arrived in Vietnam we reported to the division surgeon's office to be assigned. Mac selected 3rd Recon as someone said it was better than a grunt battalion and Mac only had 6 months left in the Navy. Sometime in June I went to Danang and visited 3rd Recon Headquarters. Upon walking in I asked for Mac and they told me he had been killed. I left and never did get the details. Where ever I go I always remember those times, especially living in Florida so close to where he lived. I will never forget those days we had together and pray for your family.

11 Nov 2004

Veterans' Day 2004

To Mac and the Miller family - you have not been forgotten. Another year has gone by but you all are still there, especially today as we celebrate another Veterans' Day.

"SEMPER FI" to my friend.

From a friend,
HM3 Frank Morelli
2 Jun 2004

Malcolm Thomas Miller was my Uncle. I never met him. He died before I was born, but through my mom and friends of his that I have made contact with, I feel like he is still part of the family. There are so many people that Mac still touches today through his memories and what he did for our country, I know he will never be forgotten. As long as we all remember his memory he will always be alive in our hearts. Frank Morrelli and Ron "Doc" Smith, I will always treasure you for the friendship you two shared with Mac because I wish I would have had the honor of knowing him the way you guys did. Even students like Maya Ueda still keep our loved ones' memories in the forefront through school projects. What an honor and tribute to have a student in 2004 still want to put so much heart into a school project. Thank you!

From his niece,
Dana Fisher

24 Jun 2004

I served as a Navy Corpsman in 1972-76. As I work today at a VA Hospital I have on my wrist my POW/MIA bracelet. My bracelet has a fellow Corpsman who was killed, body not returned. His name is Malcolm T. Miller. I think about this brother every day and all Corpsmen who paid the ultimate price. To you, niece Dana, I will proudly return this bracelet the glorious day your uncle and my brother returns to his home country. Your uncle will always be remembered. God bless you and your family.

From a fellow Corpsman,
Michael P. Curran

31 Mar 2005

I have Malcolm's KIA/BNR bracelet on my wrist. Of course I wear it every day, the first thing I put on in the AM and the last to come off at night. I also was a Corpsman attached to MWSS-371. I served 72-76. Malcolm will not be forgotten ever by his brothers in arms. He will never be forgotten by the members of the Navy Medical Corps and what a Corps they are. Navy Corpsman are a breed of their own and we never forget. As many Corpsman have done no greater gift can one man give than to lay down his life for his brother. God bless Malcolm and his family.

From a fellow Corpsman,
Michael P. Curran

07 Apr 2005

Brother Malcolm is coming home. I just found out yesterday and I still have the chills. I have worn Malcolms' POW/MIA bracelet for many years. I served as a Hospital Corpsman 1972-76. I have thought about this brother every day for many years. I humbly ask Malcolm's aunt and nephew if I could possibly attend his interment at Arlington. If I could I would also like to give my bracelet to a member of the family. God bless you all.

From a fellow HM of the Vietnam era and a bracelet wearer for many years,
Michael P. Curran

26 Nov 2004

I just wanted to thank the fellow Corpsmen who honor their friend. I also was a Navy Corpsman and served with the 2nd Marines (after Vietnam). While in Vietnam I was in a Recon unit with the Army in the First Cavalry Divison. I am grateful for our Medics and was proud to become one with the Marines -- thank you for remembering your friend and relative. Through you he is still with us.

Chris Mayfield

James C. Mayfield
E-mail address is not available.

24 Mar 2005

HM3 Malcolm Miller was my Uncle. I never had the honor of meeting him. He died many years before my birth. I only knew of him through my mother and family. I have a great pride in my heart for this man I call Uncle Mac. You see I too Served in the Military, in the United States Marine Corps from March 1996-2000. I served as an 0311 (Infantry) or Grunt as some may say. I never had a chance to go to combat, but I can say that I am thankful for all Navy Corpsmen - they are 100% Marine in my book. I never met Uncle Mac, but I feel as if I know him in a sense as a brother Marine. I thank all the soldiers who served with my Uncle. I am proud to call myself a Marine, not for anything I've done, but for those who have served in combat before me such as my Uncle Mac and all who served with him thanks.

"SEMPER FI" to my Uncle.

From his nephew,
Brian Thompson
1030 Highland Ave, Madison Ga. 30650

29 Apr 2005

I am Malcolm "Doc" Miller's sister and to date I have had my daughter Dana Fisher speak for me and search for me for my brother as my proficiency with the computer is limited. I thank my daughter for fighting my battles. I am so happy my brother is coming home and just as proud of him today as I was 38 years ago for him joining the Navy. He was such a special person as all who knew him and remember him know. I love you, Mac, and think of you every day. Love Sandy

From "Doc" Miller's big sister,
Sandy Miller Keheley

9 May 2005

Malcolm and I met back in the early '60s. We were the best of buddies all through Junior High. We had the time of our lives together, riding our bikes to and from school. Often we would stop on the way home and look at the tadpoles in a shadow creek, or try to catch a small fish with our bare hands. And then we would recapture the day's event of that day in school ... we would laugh so hard that we would beg each other to quit before we'd wet our pants.

Most of all, the things I remember about Malcolm was that boyish smile he always had, his reddish hair that never seemed to lay down just right, and his great, funny personality. He was the best friend a boy could have.

The last time I saw Malcolm was in 1964. He joined the Navy, and later I went into the Air Force. I was stationed at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana when I found out that Malcolm had been killed in Viet Nam. It was then when I realized how cruel war can be... Malcolm was the first person that I knew who was killed in that war. Unfortunately, there were many more to come.

Tomorrow, after 38 long years for his family and friends, Malcolm will be laid to rest in Arlington. Malcolm will always be in my memories, not only as a great friend, but also as a true United States Hero!

Thank you Malcolm for the laughs, the fun, and the memomories... I'll never forget you.

From a friend,
Ron Windom

10 May 2005

I received Malcolm Miller's bracelet in the spring of 1987.

Though I prayed the day would come, I am still in complete awe that Mac and the other brave men who served with him are home.

Over the years, he has become a part of me that is difficult to explain. He - and others - are responsible for the freedom I enjoy.

Today marks the 38th anniversary of their brave sacrifice and they are home. Home.

That is such a wonderful word.

Now I pray he is at peace.

Tampa, Florida

26 Sep 2005

The remains of Navy Corpsman Malcolm T. Miller were returned in November 2004. I am also a "Devil Doc" from the Tampa area and served with Hotel Co, 2nd Bn, 26th Marines in RVN during 1967-68. I have worn Miller's POW/MIA bracelet since March of 1974. This month I had the great honor of placing it at the bottom of the Panel on which his name appears, give him a salute, and a "Welcome home, rest in peace".

Semper Fi - God Bless and keep you.

HM2 L. L. "Hawk" Hawkins

PS - If any of Malcolm's family see this post, please e-mail me as I am writing a book about Combat Corpsmen and dedicating it to HM3 Miller. I would like to use his picture and any other info you might wish to give me for this tribute. Thank you.

26 Jul 2007

Mac and I were engaged on his last leave home. The night before he left we had a disagreement and didn't see each other. I've always felt sadness and guilt about that.

If only I had seen him that one last time. Had a chance to kiss him good-by. I've cried so many times.

Mac, I'll always have you in my heart. I know you are at rest now. I'm glad you're home.

With all my love,

If any of you who had his POWMIA bracelet still have it and would part with it, I'd love to have it.

God Bless ALL those who serve our country and keep us free.

From his girlfriend,
Rosemary Romero

11 Nov 2007

Today I took the bracelet down from my visor and held it a while just to remember Corpsman Miller. Today is November 11 2007 and some of us will never forget. I can't remember how long I've had the bracelet but I will keep it always as a tribute to Corpsman Miller and his family.

Frank Leary
GMG3 USN 1971-1975
369 North Main Street, Raynham, Massachusetts

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Although formally assigned to H&S Company, 3rd Recon Battalion, Petty Officer Miller was with A Company on 9 May 1967, when seven members of "A" Company were assigned a reconnaissance patrol ("Recon Team Breaker") with the mission of gathering intelligence information on suspected enemy infiltration routes near Khe Sanh. Although platoon commander 2nd Lt Heinz Ahlmeyer was among the seven, RT Breaker actually was led by Sergeant James N. Tycz. The team consisted of
  • 2nd Lt Heinz Ahlmeyer, platoon commander, Alpha 3rd Recon
  • Sgt James N. Tycz, platoon sergeant and team leader
  • LCpl Samuel A. Sharp, assistant team leader
  • HM3 Malcolm T. Miller, Corpsman
  • LCpl Clarence R. Carlson
  • Pfc Carl Friery
  • Pfc Steven Lopez
RT Breaker was air-lifted onto a ridgeline just south of the DMZ and overlooking a known infiltration route from Laos. As the team began to move they encountered a number of well-constructed but unmanned enemy bunkers, finds reported by radio to the mission monitor at Khe Sanh. The patrol was directed to leave the area and establish a night defensive position on high ground, which they did.

Shortly after midnight an NVA force of 30 to 50 men literally tripped over the Marines, forcing an engagement. Within a short time, four Marines were dead, one was wounded and unconscious, and two were wounded but functional. Pfc Lopez, an 18-year-old on his third recon patrol, took over the task of radio operator and artillery observer, calling in supporting fires. Several attempts were made during the night to extract the patrol, but enemy gunfire was so heavy that helicopters could not land (one, CH-46A BuNo 151923, made it to a 20-foot hover, where it was riddled with 23 hits, killing the pilot and wounding all other crewmen). At sunrise, fixed wing air was brought in and additional attempts were made to get a helicopter into the defensive position. Finally, toward noon, a UH-1 from VMO-3 was able to sneak in while other rotary and fixed wing aircraft suppressed the enemy. While the UH-1 was able to pick up the three surviving team members, it was not possible to retrieve the bodies of those who had died:

In addition to Sergeant Tycz' Navy Cross, three men were awarded the Silver Star:
  • Captain Paul T. Looney, HMM-164, pilot, CH-46A BuNo 151923, posthumous
  • Major Charles A. Reynolds, VMO-3
  • LCpl Clarence A. Carlson

The commanding officer of Alpha 3rd Recon, Captain Albert B. Crosby, was interviewed on 13 May 1967; a tape of the interview is available on the Internet. Although Joint Task Force personnel have surveyed the location, finding fragments of American equipment, the bodies of the four men have not yet been recovered.

The remains of the four men from RT BREAKER were repatriated on 27 May 2003. Identification of the remains was announced on 24 Feb 2005.

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