Milo Bruce Coghill was born in June 1930 in the Southern Virginia county of Mecklenberg. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in October 1950 and trained to be an aircraft mechanic. For the next 6 years, Milo worked on B-36 aircrafts and continued his educational training.
Langley Air Force Base
In August 1958, Milo was assigned to the 4500thOperations Squadron at Langley Air Force Base as a maintenance technician. From Langley, he was deployed in early 1962 to Southeast Asia with the 464th Troop Carrier Wing as part of Operation Ranch Hand. The operation was launched to expose roads and footpaths used by the Viet Cong. The Air Force utilized herbicides to kill the forest cover as well as to deprive the enemy of any food source, dumping over 19 million gallons on the rural land.
Operation Ranch Hand
On a flight over enemy territory, Milo was aboard one of the C-123 Provider aircrafts when it crashed, killing him and his crew instantly. Sadly, they became the first Air Force enlisted personnel to perish in South Vietnam.
Thank you, Milo Coghill, for your service and sacrifice. The Virginia War Memorial honors all veterans who have served and paid the ultimate price for our freedom.