Memory of Army SP5
Plankinton, South Dakota, Aurora County
August 11, 1949 – June 11, 1969
Killed in action from
mortar fire in Vinh Long Province, South Vietnam
Miller was born in Plankinton, South Dakota, on August 11, 1949,
to Rex Lyle and Lois Caroline (Berg) Miller. He had two
brothers, Dennis and Michael, and a sister, Susan. Richard
attended Hopper Grade School. He graduated in 1967 from
Plankinton High School. Richard enjoyed playing football and
industrial arts while in high school, and he helped his parents
with the farm.
22,1967, Specialist 5 Richard Lee Miller entered the army from
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and took his training at Fort Lewis,
Washington. He arrived in Vietnam on April 26, 1968, attached to
the 523rd Engineer Company.
Richard Lee Miller was killed by artillery fire on June 11,1969.
He was buried in Plankinton, South Dakota. Specialist 5 Richard
Lee Miller was awarded the Military Merit Medal, the Gallantry
Cross with Palm, the Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star. Spec 5
Richard Lee Miller’s name can be found on Panel 22W, Line 024 of
the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.
Kyle Tibbetts, 7th grade, Stanley County
Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, April 29, 2005,
respectfully submitted this entry. Michael Miller, Plankinton,
South Dakota, brother of Specialist 5 Richard Lee Miller,