In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Lemmon, South Dakota
Perkins County

March 25, 1932- December 31, 1953 (Presumptive date of death)
Missing in Action, September 23, 1950 near Kunpojang, South Korea

Robert Dean Miller was born in North Dakota, on March 25, 1932. He was the son of Ella (Miller) Texley and stepfather Clarence (Mike) Texley. He had two sisters, Beverly and Carol, and three brothers, Marvin, Jerry, and Dennis. Robert attended school in Lemmon.

Robert D. Miller enlisted March 1950, with the army, and underwent basic training at Fort Riley, Kansas. He was sent overseas on August 25, 1950, and was attached to Company B, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.

In a report detailed 19 August 2003, the Defense Prisioner of War/Missing Personnel Office wrote:

On September 15, Pfc. Miller's 7th Infantry Division made a sea assault on the town of Inch'on, and then made a drive for Seoul. The North Korean Army had more than 20,000 men defending Seoul, and the Americans had a tough time fighting their way through the communist defenses. The American advance was slowed considerably. The American field commander ordered Pfc. Miller’s 32nd Regiment to make a sweeping envelopment move from below the city. The regiment began its advance on the 19th of September, and although it was moving through relatively open countryside the North Korean Army resistance was still so strong that the 14 mile maneuver took 10 days to complete. By the 29th of September, the men of the 32nd Regiment had seized positions along the eastern and central portions of Seoul and its suburbs.

On the 23rd of September, the 32nd Infantry Regiment was in an area about 3.5 miles south of the city of Seoul. Pfc. Miller’s unit and the rest of the 1st Battalion were encountering moderate resistance in the area of the high ground south of the Han River to Hill 290. Their objective was to drive northeast and across the Han River and cut off the enemy withdrawal from the city of Seoul to the northeast. It was on this day that Pfc. Robert Dean Miller became missing in action. As near as we can determine, Pfc. Miller was never alive in enemy hands, and his remains have not been recovered.

His presumptive date of death was declared December 31, 1953.

Private First Class Robert D. Miller is listed on the Punch Bowl National Cemetery Wall in Hawaii. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.

Jake Pearson and Chad Wieczorek, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, May 17, 2004, respectfully submitted this entry. This information has been provided by Bev Wedekind, Othello, Washington, sister to Robert Dean Miller. Profile approval by Bev Wedekind, sister.