Cooksville Soldier Gets Silver Star For Gallantry

September 11, 1969

Army Specialist Four Nison C. Miles, 22, whose mother, Mrs. Ella Miles, lives on Millers Mill Road, Cooksville, received the Silver Star July 17 at Fort Lee, Va.

Spec. 4 Miles received the award for gallantry in action while engaged in ground operations against a hostile force on July 4, 1968, in Vietnam.

The specialist is a clerk with Headquarters Detachment, 96th Civil Affairs Group at Ft. Lee.

According to the citation, Specialist Miles distinguished himself when the Phan Rang Outport came under enemy attack.

The citation stated:

“The enemy penetrated the perimeter and infiltrated the compound with the probable mission of inflicting casualties and destroying the ammunition being discharged at the pier.

The enemy was using mortar and automatic weapon fire to conduct the attack.

“Specialist Miles made the initial contact with the enemy inside the perimeter, as he was trying to secure the hunker that was occupied by the enemy. He was wounded in both legs by automatic weapon fire, yet continued to fight and secured the bunker in spite of his wounds.

“At this time the enemy force blew up 155 short tons off ammunition on the beach. As a result of Specialist Miles’ early warning, however, the enemy was not able to reach the bulk of additional stored ammunition.

“Specialist Miles, through his courageous act and quick thinking , saved the lives of many men and prevented the destruction of a large amount of ammunition and facilities, thereby allowing the port to remain in operating condition.”

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