MILLER, WYATT JR. Name: Wyatt Miller, Jr. Rank/Branch: E2/US Army Unit: 490th GF Company, USA SUP COM ONG (Da Nang) Date of Birth: 09 July 1950 (Tomes GA) Home City of Record: Philadelphia PA Date of Loss: 13 September 1970 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 144814N 1081337E (BT065765) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 4 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Surfboard Refno: 1661 Source: Compiled from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 1998. Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing) REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: On September 13, 1970, Pvt. Wyatt Miller, Jr. was surfing in the South China Sea off the coast about 8 miles south of Da Nang, Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam. At about 1750 hours, it was reported that Miller had fallen off his surfboard and could not be found. Immediate search efforts were begun, assisted by two helicopters, but were unsuccessful. All search efforts were suspended on September 14, without having found a trace of Pvt. Miller. Miller's is one of the unfortunate accidental deaths that occur wherever people are. The fact that he died an accidental death in the midst of war is tragically ironic. He is listed among the missing with honor, because his body was never found to be returned to the country he served. Others who are missing do not have such clear cut cases. Some were known captives; some were photographed as they were led by their guards. Some were in radio contact with search teams, while others simply disappeared. Since the war ended, over 250,000 interviews have been conducted with those who claim to know about Americans still alive in Southeast Asia, and several million documents have been studied. U.S. Government experts cannot seem to agree whether Americans are there alive or not. Distractors say it would be far too politically difficult to bring the men they believe to be alive home, and the U.S. is content to negotiate for remains. Over 1000 eye-witness reports of living American prisoners were received by 1989. Most of them are still classified. If, as the U.S. seems to believe, the men are all dead, why the secrecy after so many years? If the men are alive, why are they not home?