A Nacogdoches War Veteran Receives High Honor
An East Texas man who was an airborne radio intercept officer during the Vietnam War received a high honor Saturday morning.
The Distinguished Flying Cross is a military honor that goes to someone who displays "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight." Charles Lindbergh received the first one from President Calvin Coolidge in 1927.
David E. Miller, of Nacogdoches, received a Distinguished Flying Cross during a ceremony Saturday morning at the Harvest Point Church in Nacogdoches. U.S. Air Force Colonel Ryan D. Blake, from the 412th Test School at Edwards Air Force Base in California, was there to officiate the ceremony, and State Rep. Travis Clardy, R-Nacogdoches was there to show support too.
Miller was tapped for the honor because of his bravery in the middle of intense and hostile fire, and the Air Force said in a press release that he "pursued intelligence that contributed to saving the lives of many friendly forces."
Miller lost several buddies in Vietnam, and he suffers from hearing loss and struggled with post-traumatic stress syndrome too. It's amazing what these war heroes go through in combat and afterward, and it's nice to see them honored for their efforts. Several other Vietnam veterans who attended Saturday's service were honored along with Miller.
Veterans Day is coming up November 11th. That will be another good opportunity to honor a veteran, and we'll have more on those East Texas events as the day gets closer.