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Pvt. Dwight E. Miller
Born: 14 September 1918 - Greenville, Ohio
Parents: Roy L. Miller & Martha A. Olwine-Miller
Siblings: 1 sister
Hometown: Greenville, Ohio
Enlisted:
    - U.S. Army
        - 11 January 1941 - Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Trained:
    - Fort Knox, Kentucky
        - mechanic
        - other information states he was a motorcycle messenger
Units:
    - 19th Ordnance Battalion
    - 17th Ordnance Company
        - company created from A Company of 19th Ordnance
        - trained alongside the 192nd Tank Battalion at Ft. Knox
Overseas Duty:

    - U.S.S. Calvin Coolidge
        - Boarded: San Francisco, California - Monday - 8 September 1941
        - Sailed: 9:00 P.M.
        - Arrived: Honolulu, Hawaii - Saturday - 13 September 1941 - 9:00 A.M.
            - soldiers given shore leave for the day
        - Sailed: same day - 5:00 P.M.
        - Arrived: Manila, Philippine Islands - Friday - 26 September 1941
        - Disembark: 3:00 P.M.
            - 17th Ordnance remained behind to unload the tanks of the 194th Tank Battalion
                - reattached the turrets to the tanks.
        - rode bus to Ft. Stotsenburg
        - lived in tents at Ft. Stotsenburg
           -barracks completed - 15 November 1941

Engagements:
    - Battle of Luzon
        - 8 December 1942 - 6 January 1942
    - Battle of Bataan
        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942
            - serviced tanks of the 192nd & 194th Tank Battalions
Prisoner of War
    - 9 April 1942
        - Death March
            - POWs started march at Mariveles on the southern tip of Bataan
            - ran past Japanese artillery firing on Corregidor
                - American artillery returned fire
            - San Fernando - POWs packed into small wooden boxcars

                - each boxcar could hold eight horses or forty men
                - Japanese packed 100 POWs into each boxcar
                - POWs who died remained standing
            - Capas - POWs leave boxcars - dead fall out of cars
            - POWs walked last ten miles to Camp O'Donnell
POW Camps:
    - Philippines:
        - Camp O'Donnell
            - unfinished Filipino Army training base
            - Japanese put it into use as a POW camp
            - one water spigot for the entire camp
            - as many as fifty POWs died each day
        - Cabanatuan
    - Japan
        - Fukuoka #4
            - Miller radio broadcasted the following message in October 1944:
             "I am well doing fine.  Hope you and sister are the same.  I received your box and
              letters and are grateful for them.  Give my regards to all relatives and friends.  Please
              write more often and send pictures. With all my love, your son, Dwight E. Miller."

Hell Ship:
    - Nissyo Maru
        - Sailed: Manila - 14 July 1944
        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 17 July 1944
        - Sailed: 28 July 1944
        - Arrived: Moji, Japan - 3 August 1944
Liberated:
    - September 1945
        - returned to the Philippine Islands

Transport:
    - S.S Simon Bolivar
        - Sailed: not known
        - Arrived: San Francisco - 21 October 1945
            - taken to Letterman General Hospital

Married: Hilda Miller
Died:
    - 12 August 1995 - Greenville, Ohio
Buried:
    - Miami Memorial Park Cemetery - Covington, Ohio

 



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