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Smyrna's 2015 Veterans Day Ceremony Announced; Frank Millen will be the Keynote Speaker

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Those that are in the Atlanta area may be interested in the opportunity to hear one of our own, @Muff Millen speak about his accomplishments in Vietnam.

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From the Smyrna-Vinings Patch.com

On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at 11:00 am, Smyrna, Georgia’s Veterans Day ceremony stars Smyrna’s Frank Millen. Millen, a now retired 26-year USAF veteran who was a Chief Master Sergeant, earned a Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and flew over 800 hours of combat missions in Southeast Asia from 1970 to 1973. He is also a husband, father, grandfather and community leader and held in the highest esteem by all.

Millen has been in one plane crash and in four planes that nearly didn’t land in one piece. “One flight was in the middle of the night,” he says. “It was March 29, 1971, and we were in the one and only best aircraft ever built: the Lockheed/Martin C-130E Hercules. We had about two dozen Vietnamese men, women and kids on board. Our number two engine oil sump pump failed and a massive amount of oil flowed into the engine’s tail pipe and caught fire. We looked like a rocket with flames shooting out as far as the tail. The bright orange glow reflected in the side windows and made the inside of the plane look like the inside of a pumpkin. We eventually extinguished the flames and landed at a nearby emergency airfield. Just another day in flight,” Millen reminisces nonchalantly, omitting that he earned a Distinguished Flying Cross that day.

In time, he earned a Silver Star, another Distinguished Flying Cross and six Air Medals, flew Bob Hope, made dozens of airdrops to American soldiers and Vietnamese villagers, took part in the 1972 North Vietnamese Easter Offensive, lost many friends, etc. His Silver Star came on the last day of the war when his C-130 came under heavy mortar fire. Shrapnel hit the plane, disabled an engine, flattened a tire and damaged the main hydraulics. His crew saved the plane from certain destruction by making a dangerous takeoff and flying it Thailand. Forty-eight hours later, he was on the first American plane to land in Hanoi.

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BRlang

I believe one of my old A/Cs was his A/C... George Elwood on both those flights. George was the best pilot I crewed with in my time in CCK/TSN

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