#VeteranOfTheDay Harry F. Miller


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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Harry F. Miller.

Harry served in both the Army from 1944 – 1953 during World War II where he served in the Battle of the Bulge. He first served as a member of a tank crew, then transitioned to a messenger center clerk.

During the Battle of the Bulge, the 1st Army Headquarters instructed the tank crews to go down to an ordnance depot and take whatever they needed for the tanks. “We had to take good parts off of one tank and put it on another. We finally got three tanks and a tank destroyer that would operate and run, and had a gun,” he said in an interview with VA. They took the three working tanks and sent them to their C Company. Those three tanks ended up taking out three German tanks, which ended up being members of the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitlerbeing, Hitler’s old body guards.

After World War II, Harry served in the Air Force from 1953 – 1966 as a communications operations superintendent.

Harry currently resides in the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C. Before his move to the retirement home, Harry danced three times a week, was a jazz drummer and played five times a week.

Thank you for your service, Harry!


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Melissa Heintz

Melissa Heintz joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2015 and currently works as the National Veterans Day Coordinator, National Veterans Outreach. She grew up on an Army base in Japan before her family relocated to Hawaii. She holds a degree in Journalism/Mass Communications and Spanish from Seattle University. Melissa has served as a public affairs specialist with Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In December 2015, Melissa commissioned in the Air National Guard where she serves as a public affairs officer with the 113th Wing, D.C. Air National Guard.

Comments

  1. Stewart Gable    

    Thank you for your service and sacrifices God Bless you.May you keep dancing for many, many years. Nam 68/69.

  2. Robert Bostic    

    Thank you for your service Mr. Miller!

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