Local Pilot Killed In Vietnam War Laid To Rest
U.S. Air Force Major Dan Miller, who was killed in action during the Vietnam War, is finally home in North Texas. Major Miller was laid to rest at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery this afternoon in a ceremony befitting a warrior.
It was 38 years ago today that Miller was killed when his military plane was shot down over Laos. His widow, Susan Miller of Azle, chose this day as his final homecoming.
State Representative Lois Kolkhorst gave the official greeting. She said, "Welcome Home Major Miller. May God bless your soul. because you have blessed all of us - your family, your friends, your countrymen."
Sitting next to Susan at the funeral was the Millers' only child, Christie, who was only four when her father was killed. Next to Christie was her own young daughter.
In an earlier interview, Susan Miller said her husband's homecoming should represent homecomings for all veterans. "Tributes should be given to them each and every day we sit here and enjoy our freedom," she said.
Major Miller's sister, Paulette Mumme, spoke of the bittersweet return. "We're happy he's been found but we'd rather him be alive and come home," she said.
A pilot who flew in Major Miller's squadron, remembered him and his crew. Edwin Taylor said, "He was a good pilot, a good aircraft commander. He was a good man and his crew was all a good crew."
Miller is now at rest at Dallas Fort Worth International Cemetery.
Miller's sister said, "He's flying in heaven. It's okay. It's okay."