Robert Theodore MillerSergeant
B BTRY, 2ND BN, 13TH ARTY RGT, 2 FIELD FORCE
Army of the United States
02 December 1946 - 19 January 1969
Westfield, New Jersey
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The database page for Robert Theodore Miller
Sergeant Robert T. Miller is listed on the Honor Roll of the Red Dragon Clan as one of the 25 Fallen Artillerymen the battalion endured between 1965 - 1970 in Vietnam. LTC Joseph Luger asked all Red Dragon Clan members to never forget these men who contributed in so many ways to unit effectiveness and team spirit. I never met Bob, but was told about his achievements from surviving B Battery personnel.
Bob served with B Battery for nine months, mainly at FSB Crockett and FSB Bragg II. These bases supported operations by the 25th Infantry Division, and were within view of Nui Ba Din, the Black Virgin Mountain. One of Bob's gun section members said that if you could see Nui Ba Din you were in a very bad place. FSB Bragg II was the worst place these guys ever served, with FSB Crockett a close second. Daily attacks from snipers, mortars, and .51 caliber machine gun fire occurred in December 1968 and January, 1969. Sergeant Ron Shattuck died from wounds suffered in a mortar attack at Bragg II on December 30, 1968.
Rich Reed, Mike Marks, and Bob Newcombe mention an artillery shootout occurring on January 19, 1968. Bob Miller and Donald J. Smith were killed by enemy fire, and several battery personnel were wounded, including Bob Newcombe. Both Miller and Smith were close friends of Bob Newcombe. Shorty Smith dragged Bob Newcombe to a bunker after Bob was wounded. "Without Fear, Favor, or Hope of Reward" is the motto of the Red Dragon Clan. The men of B Battery certainly lived up to the motto.
Rest in Peace, Sergeant Miller. You are remembered by your batterymates and by the Red Dragon Clan.
A memorial initiated by a unit veteran,
Robert "Miller" and I were members of the same 105 Howitzer gun crew. We spent most waking hours working together as a team. On January 19th, 1969, Bravo Battery came under intense direct fire from mortars, recoilless rifles, and large bore rockets.
Without much thought our gun crew fell into our practiced response to direct fire attacks... return the fire.
Robert took over communications with FDC (fire direction center) to attempt to get targeting data. The rest of the howitzer crew began to apply direct line of sight targeting on suspected enemy emplacements. We had fired about 3 rounds at a suspected gun location when our gun pit suffered a direct hit from a mortar or recoilless rifle.
Most of the crew was badly wounded. Other members of Bravo battery risked their lives to help Robert and the rest of the wounded. Sadly, Robert had been killed instantly.
I hope Robert's family find peace and comfort with the memory of his sacrifice.
From a comrade-in-arms,
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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