Miller, John D.
Name: John D. Miller Branch/Rank: Civilian Unit: Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Date of Loss: 12 March 1975 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: Status (in 1973): N/A Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Refno:
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action Combat Casualty File, CAPTURED, Carolyn Paine Miller, Christian Herald Books, 1977, B/Gen Elmo Baker.
REMARKS: Released from Hanoi 10/75
Carolyn Miller was captured by the NVN in 1975. She and her family were members of the Wycliffe Bible Translators whose mission is to go live among remote ethnic groups, learn their language and write them a Bible. Assigned to South Vietnam in 1961 to study the Bru tribespeople, they lived among them and began compiling a manuscript for the Bible translation. In March of 1975, the entire group was rounded up by the Communists and hiked North. They eventually arrived in Son Tay. She described her quarters as a former prison with one wall bombed out. She and family were housed in the Opium Den and visited (interogated) by an the same Vietnamese that had contact with American Prisoners of War prior to 1973, a smooth talking, mild mannered officer that obviously was Ngyen Van Dung or Happy Dan, aka Soft Soap Fairy, Cat's "good guy" guy in the good guy-bad guy routine. He was still complaining about having a better education than his superiors and yet he was not invited to attend the national congress that year.
The family was ousted months later, November, without the fifty-thousand word manuscript that represented their fourteen years of work. They returned to the States to accept another assignment.