Milius, Paul Lloyd, CAPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1968-Present, 131X, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)
Service Years
1948 - 1968
Captain
Captain

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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1928
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Denver
Last Address
Waverly

Casualty Date
Feb 27, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Laos
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Harlington Cemetery - Waverly, Iowa
Wall/Plot Coordinates
41E 051

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US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon


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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1946, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Naval Reserve Forces CommandNaval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLAdvancement Schools and CoursesVW-2
NAS HutchinsonVS-23 Black CatsVS-25 Golden EaglesUSS Kearsarge (CVS-33)
VS-41 ShamrocksFAETUPACVO-67Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)
  1948-1950, Naval Reserve Forces Command
  1950-1950, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1950-1951, Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD) Pre-flight Course
  1950-1951, 132X, Advance Flight Training Course
  1952-1955, 131X, VW-2
  1955-1958, 131X, NAS Hutchinson
  1960-1960, 131X, VS-23 Black Cats
  1960-1960, 131X, VS-25 Golden Eagles
  1960-1962, USS Kearsarge (CVS-33)
  1962-1964, 131X, VS-41 Shamrocks
  1964-1966, 131X, FAETUPAC
  1966-1968, 131X, VO-67
  1968-Present, 131X, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (68)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Northern Iowa
  1948-1950, University of Northern Iowa
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  AFTER ACTION REPORT
  BIOGRAPHY
  Oct 28, 1995, Name Sake3
  Oct 07, 2009, Memorial Stone1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
VO-67
Pilot: OP-2E NEPTUNE
   
Comments/Citation
NAVY CROSS

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Captain [then Commander] Paul Lloyd Milius, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism on 27 February 1968 as an Aircraft Commander in Observation Squadron SIXTY SEVEN (VO-67). During a combat mission in Southeast Asia, Captain Milius' aircraft received multiple hits from 37-mm. anti-aircraft-artillery fire during a run over the assigned target. Immediately, the aircraft burst into flames, several members of the crew received injuries, and dense smoke and fumes filled the fuselage. Remaining at the controls to insure stable flight, Captain Milius ordered his crew members to bail out. As a result of his action, seven of his nine crewmen were rescued within three hours of bail-out. Rescue flights, however, were unable to locate Captain Milius. His heroic efforts and inspiring devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
Action Date: February 27, 1968
Service: Navy
Rank: Captain
Company: Observation Squadron 67 (VO-67)
Division: Khon Phnom Airport, Thailand

 
NAMESAKE: USS MILIUS (DDG-69)
DDG 69 is named in honor of the Navy pilot Captain Paul L. Milius. On 28 October 1995 the United States Navy granted Commander Paul L. Milius exceptional recognition by naming the first Navy ship for a POW/MIA from the Vietnam War in his honor.

Warship Milius's motto, "ALii Prae Me", or "Others Before Myself", was chosen to reflect the Personal ethic held throughout Captain Milius' military career and his selfless act under fire.

 
   
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