|Birth: ||Jan. 9, 1923|
|Death: ||Nov. 27, 1943, Italy|
Short funeral services for Sgt. James Wallace McMillan, 20, will be conducted at 2 o'clock Thursday morning from the Voss Mortuary with the Rev. George L. Florence, pastor of the Central Christian Church presiding.
Sgt. McMillan, son of James C. and Bertha Henderson Mc Millan, 315 East Second Street, was born at Chicago Heights, Ill. January 9, 1923, but spent practically all his life in Seymour, graduating from Shields High School in 1941.
Sgt. McMillan was active in football throughout high school and was elected captain of the team for 1940-1941.
He was awarded the Letterman's Cup given annually to the outstanding high school athlete on the basis of personality, scholarship and sportsmanship.
Sgt. McMillan attended Hanover College for one year where he was inducted into Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
Sgt. McMillan was inducted into the army January 4, 1943. He received basic training at Miami Beach, Florida, later receiving airplane armament training at Lowry Field, Colorado and Las Vegas, Nevada. For several months he was stationed at Dyersburg, Tenn., where he was a member of the Second Air Force, which trained heavy bombardment crews for aerial warfare, before leaving for combat duty in September 1943.
He was a member of the 97th Bomb Group, stationed at Tunisia, North Africa.
According to word received by the parents from the government and Sgt. Lavelle Brown, of Ashland, Alabama, a member of the same B-17 crew of which Sgt. McMillan was a waist gunner: "On November 27 we meet enemy opposition in Northern Italy near the coast over mountainous section of farm country and were attacked by German fighter planes. Just before the plane went out of control I saw both waist gunners, both unharmed and the ball turrent gunner who was badly wounded in the leg. Our ship was on fire.
I opened my parachute and saw a parachute above me. The navigator and bombadier also escaped."
Sgt. Brown was taken prisoner and was released at the end of the war.
Besides the parents, Sgt. McMillan was survived by one brother, Robert H. McMillan, Lafayette, a grandmother, Mrs. C.C McMillan, Seymour and a grandfather, Elmer Henderson of Seymour.
Seymour Daily Tribune
Dec. 8, 1948
James C McMillan (1898 - 1982)
Bertha Henderson McMillan (1899 - 1993)
Plot: Section G
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Record added: Nov 11, 2011
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My cousin, Sgt Robert Noble Lentz was one of those waist gunners. He did not survive. Bless all of you for your brave sacrifice.|
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May you be at peace. Thank you for helping us keep our freedom.|
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