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Carleton P. Miller, JR.
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- Name: Carleton Pierce Miller,
- Rank/Branch: O2/US Navy Reserve
- Unit: Fighter Squadron 21, USS
- Date of Birth: 23 June 1944
- Home City of Record: Melrose MA
- Date of Loss: 06 January 1971
- Country of Loss: North
- Loss Coordinates: 175547N
- Status (in 1973): Killed/Body
- Category: 5
- Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4J
- Other Personnel in Incident:
Lt.Rinne (pilot, rescued)
by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from
U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources,
Carleton P. Miller was a Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) attached to Fighter Squadron 21
onboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA-61). On January 6, 1971, he launched with his
pilot, Lt. Rinne, in their F4J Phantom fighter aircraft for a night mission over North
Vietnam. They returned to the ship about 4 a.m. for a radar controlled approach to
|The RANGER was
located in the Gulf of Tonkin approximately 70 miles east of the North Vietnamese city of
Ron. At approximately 1 mile astern of the carrier, Rinne and Miller transitioned from the
radar controlled approach to a visual approach. The aircraft hit the deck a bit high and
"boltered" (missed catching an arresting wire). In this instance, the aircraft
touched down farther forward on the deck than usual, and its nose began to roll off the
forward edge of the deck. Lt. Rinne called for ejection. Men working on the deck
definitely saw both parachutes enter the water ahead of the ship.
Lt. Rinne was rescued by the Ranger's helicopter within a short time. Despite an extensive
search by other helicopters and destroyers, they were unable to find any trace of LTJG
Carleton Miller is listed among the missing because his remains were never found to send
home to the country he served. He died a tragically ironic death in the midst of war. But,
for his family, the case seems clear that he died on that day. The fact that they have no
body to bury with honor is not of great significance.
For other who are missing, however, the evidence leads not to death, but to survival.
Since the war ended, nearly 10,000 reports received relating to Americans still prisoner,
missing or otherwise unaccounted for in Indochina have convinced experts that hundreds of
men are still alive, waiting for their country to rescue them. The notion that Americans
are dying without hope in the hands of a long-ago enemy belies the idea that we left
Vietnam with honor. It also signals that tens of thousands of lost lives were a frivolous
waste of our best men.
Biographical and loss information on POWs provided by Operation Just Cause have been
supplied by Chuck and Mary Schantag of POWNET. Please check with
regularly for updates."
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