MILLER, EDWIN FRANK JR. Name: Edwin Frank Miller, Jr. Rank/Branch: O2/US Navy Unit: VFP 63 Date of Birth: 1940 Home City of Record: Bergen NJ Date of Loss: 22 May 1968 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 183900N 1054100E (WF720620) Status (in 1973): Released POW Category: Aircraft/Veicle/Ground: RF8G Missions: 85 Other Personnel in Incident: none Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 April 1990 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 2015. REMARKS: 730314 RELSD BY DRV SYNOPSIS: The Vought F8 "Crusader" saw action early in U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia. Its fighter models participated both in the first Gulf of Tonkin reprisal in August 1964 and in the myriad attacks against North Vietnam during Operation Rolling Thunder. The Crusader was used exclusively by the Navy and Marine air wings (although there is one U.S. Air Force pilot reported shot down on an F8) and represented half or more of the carrier fighters in the Gulf of Tonkin during the first four years of the war. The aircraft was credited with nearly 53% of MiG kills in Vietnam. The most frequently used fighter versions of the Crusader in Vietnam were the C, D, and E models although the H and J were also used. The Charlie carried only Sidewinders on fuselage racks, and were assigned such missions as CAP (Combat Air Patrol), flying at higher altitudes. The Echo model had a heavier reinforced wing able to carry extra Sidewinders or bombs, and were used to attack ground targets, giving it increased vulnerability. The Echo version launched with less fuel, to accommodate the larger bomb store, and frequently arrived back at ship low on fuel. The RF-A models were equipped for photo reconnaissance. The RF-G were also photographic versions, but with additional cameras and navigational equipment. The combat attrition rate of the Crusader was comparable to similar fighters. Between 1964 to 1972, eighty-three Crusaders were either lost or destroyed by enemy fire. Another 109 required major rebuilding. 145 Crusader pilots were recovered; 57 were not. Twenty of these pilots were captured and released. The other 43 remained missing at the end of the war. In addition, there were 16 pilots who went down on photographic versions of the aircraft. Of these 16, seven were captured (six were released, one died in captivity). Lt.JG Edwin F. Miller, Jr. was the pilot of an RF8A on a combat mission in Nghe An Province, North Vietnam on May 22, 1966. As he was near the city of Vinh, his aircraft was hit by enemy fire and crashed. Miller was captured by the Vietnamese, and held prisoner until his return in Operation Homecoming in the spring of 1973. Since the war ended, nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing, prisoner or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government. Many authorities who have examined this largely classified information are convinced that hundreds of Americans are still held captive today. These reports are the source of serious distress to many returned American prisoners. They had a code that no one could honorably return unless all of the prisoners returned. Not only that code of honor, but the honor of our country is at stake as long as even one man remains unjustly held. It's time we brought our men home.
======================================= SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors). UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO EDWIN F. MILLER JR. Lieutenant j.g. - United States Naval Reserve Shot Down: May 22, 1968 Released: March 14, 1973 Who am I? In North Vietnam I was called one of the "new guys" by the other prisoners. Because I was shot down in the later part of the first stage of the air war, the men with whom I lived were nearly all shot down prior to myself. This "new guy" appelation became ironic after three or four years. I was born in New York in 1940, grew up in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey (which is a small town in the New York metropolitan area), attended Cornell University, and entered the Navy in 1964. After completing flight training, I was assigned to Miramar, California flying the RF-8. I was shot down in May 1968 near Vinh in North Vietnam. Several comments about my POW experiences: Some people have expressed concern about "brain washing." It was my experience and I believe I can generalize, that life in the prisons of North Vietnam made me more patriotic, more aware and thankful for the liberties of life in the United States. A great source of strength and comfort during my imprisonment was the friendship of the other prisoners. I would like to use this forum to thank the citizens of this country for their support and particularly for their actions in helping to obtain better treatment for us and our release. Also to remind the reader that there were significant casualties in the war, leaving 75,000 children fatherless. These American children deserve your thoughts and support.
Edwin Miller Jr. and his wife Maureen reside in California.
June 20, 2015
Dear POW Network Administrator,
I recently wrote a story about the homecoming ceremony for one of the Vietnam POWs listed on your site, Edwin F. Miller, Jr. I participated in the ceremony, and the story is written from my perspective, that of a thoughtless teenager with strong anti-war leanings. It is available at
http://gps.mae.cornell.edu/edmillerdaystory_36_mlp25may2015.pdf. I thought
your site or some related POW or veterans site might be interested in linking to