Joseph Anthony Miller

 

US Navy Insignia

United States Navy

RM3 Insignia

Radioman Thrid Class



7th Fleet Insignia  LST-1167 Insignia  TF-117 Riverine Assult Force Patch  United States Naval Forces-Vietnam Patch
USS Westchester County
TF-117
LST (Landing Ship - Tank)
United States Naval Forces-Vietnam

 

 

 

Purple Heart  National  Defense Medal  Vietnam Service Medal

Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal

 

Fell November 1, 1968

Joseph was born in Lebanon on the 21st of September, 1948 to Joseph and Ottilia Miller.  Growing up in Lebanon he attended St. Gertrude's Church and School.  He was a graduate of the Class of 1966 from Lebanon Catholic High School.

He enlisted in the Navy in November of 1966,  After completion of basic training and radioman's school he was sent to Vietnam.  He arrived in Vietnam on the 21st of September, 1968 and was assigned to an LST (Landing Ship, Tank), the USS Westchester County.  He had completed his tour of duty at sea and was returning to port at the town of My Tho to process out.  His ship was maneuvering to anchor at the dock when it struck a mine, or a command detonated mine was activated.  The blast occurred at the crew quarters area taking his life as well as 16 others of the crew.

He was awarded the Purple Heart, the National Defense Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.  He also received the Vietnam Campaign Medal from the Republic of Vietnam.

He was survived by his mother; sister, Christine; his wife, the former Louise William; and son, David.

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