CW3 William P Milliner 

U.S. Army



  William Patrick Milliner was born on 12 June 1950 in Louisville, Kentucky. His father, Joseph Milliner, a B-24 Liberator pilot, was a prisoner of war in Germany during WWII.  

"Billy" was a 1968 graduate of Trinity High School and attended Western Kentucky University before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He served with Troop B, 7th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Aviation Brigade. 

Recipient of;

★ Air Medal

★ Purple Heart

★ United States Aviator Badge

★ National Defense Service Medal

★ Vietnam Campaign Medal

★ Vietnam Service Medal

★ Army Presidential Unit Citation

★ Vietnam Gallantry Cross

★ Army Good Conduct Medal

Refno 1718

On 6 March 1971, an AH-1G Cobra Helicopter (serial number 67-15464) with Milliner and CW3 John Floyd Hummel of Barstow, Texas, as crew members, was one of two helicopters on a combat mission over enemy targets in Laos. On the return flight, amid poor weather conditions, the Cobra radioed ahead to its ground station at Khe Sanh, Vietnam, and was then seen disappearing into a dense cloud bank. The helicopter never emerged from the clouds, and the ground station lost all radio and radar contact with the aircraft. Immediate searches were conducted but were unsuccessful in locating a crash site. Following the war, investigators eventually located the crash site; however, the remains of neither crew member could be located or identified and both remain MIA today.

  Based on all information available, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) assessed this case to be in the analytical category of Active Pursuit.

Honored on the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall - Panel 4W, Line 29

and a Cenotaph Stone in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky

Billy Milliner,


Courier Journal 27 March 1988