26 Feb 2019 PERRY CO., IN (WFIE) - A Perry County man will be laid to rest back home in Troy.
Records show Private First Class Clifford M. Mills was born in 1914 and enlisted in the Army in 1942.
Mills served in World War II with the 82nd Airborne Division, 319th Field Artillery Battalion.
In September 1944, he was part of Operation Market Garden, the invasion of the German-occupied Netherlands.
On Sep. 18, 1944, Mills was reported missing in action in the vicinity of Wyler and Zyfflich, Germany.
In January 2019, his remains were identified.
Mills’ name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands, an American Battle Monuments Commission site, along with others who are missing from WWII.
A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
Officials say his funeral is set for March 30. We’ll keep you updated on details
OBITURARY UP DATE: Clifford M. Mills, 29, of Troy, Indiana, was killed during World War II in Zyfflich, Germany on September 18, 1944 and was accounted for on January 29, 2019.
He was born on October 24, 1914, in Perry County, Indiana, to Robert and Myrtle (VanWinkle) Mills and was married to Ethel (Siscel) Mills.
Surviving is his brother, Robert Lee Mills of Santa Claus and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; brothers, Chester, Curtiss, and Allen Mills; and sisters, Edna Mills and Leola Roberts.
Funeral services will be held at 11 am, Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Schergens Center with burial in Troy City Cemetery. Robert Duley will officiate. Visitation will be from 9 – 11 am Saturday at the center.
Zoercher-Gillick Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tell City VFW
28 Mar 2019 UPDATE: Welcome back home to Perry County
Tom Carr Sr
It’s September, 1944 and the US Army is marching toward Berlin. Near a small German town (Zyfflich), an American Private First Class is killed but his identity is known only to God, his body eventually interred in a US Military Cemetery in Belgium. A short time later, a family in Southern Indiana is notified that a loved one is Missing In Action (MIA). They morn and move on. Time and technology move on as well and, in late January, 2019, DNA analysis identifies the body of the MIA Pfc as Clifford Mills of Troy Indiana. His family is notified that their loved one’s status has changed from MIA to KIA. Pfc Mills had been a member of the 319th Glider Field Artillery Battalion, 82nd Airborne.
The Patriot Guard Riders are requested to provide an Honorable Transfer and Honor Mission by the family of Pfc Mills. The Honorable Transfer is to escort the family and hearse from Tell City, IN to the Louisville, KY airport and then to bring Pfc Clifford Mills home.
I had the honor of riding that mission last night and it was one of the longest and most moving events I’ve ever seen. Having lived in Louisville in the late 60s, I was fully aware how complicated the traffic was in the area and the route from the Sherman-Minton Bridge to the airport on the Waterson Expressway. Our procession to the airport was led by a single Indiana State Police car, that was followed by 20 motorcycles (Patriot Guard, Legion Riders & Rolling Thunder), 5 Slingshots, me in my pickup flying the largest American Flag I have, the hearse and then 2 vans full of Pfc Mills’ family. I chose the pickup as Tail-Gunner to assure that no rider was left behind as the mission was 160 miles from rally point to airport to funeral home.
The assigned parking area at the airport was filled with police cars, fire trucks and press. The Delta flight was on time and the transfer went well showing all due respect to the hero we were assigned to escort home. When it came time to return, our procession formed up in the same sequence we had used on the trip to Louisville but was led by more police vehicles than I realized were there, (many were unmarked but they were all lit up now).
As we left the airport, all other access was blocked. As we proceeded onto the Waterson Expressway, every on-ramp was blocked. As we proceed through Louisville at about 50 mph, we were the only thing on the expressway that was moving. WE OWNED THE INTERSTATE. As we crossed the Ohio River on the Sherman-Minton Bridge, I figured that was it and that we’d proceed westward for Tell City like we came to Louisville. I was wrong. Although we’d lost most of all of the Kentucky police units, the local police cars from the various communities in Southern Indiana were continuing the traffic control and now, we had 2 Indiana State Police cars riding rear guard. Nearly every overpass along I-64 had an Emergency Service apparatus parked with lights flashing and American flags presented. A couple had ladder trucks with massive flags displayed. In every case, there were personnel manning the rails, at attention, full military salute. Along the entire route on the Interstate, not one vehicle passed the procession and most eastbound traffic pulled to the side to honor the passing of a hero.
When we exited the Interstate onto Indiana Highway 37 for the last 20 miles, I figured that I’d seen it all. I was wrong. As we pulled onto the exit ramp, we stopped for the first time since leaving the airport. At this point, MORE police, fire and rescue equipment was staged and pulled out ahead of our leading State Police car. Now we take the last 20 miles to Tell City. It’s 10pm as we approach the city limits and cars are parked along the way with people standing there in the dark with flags waving. We entered Tell City Indiana lit up like a late 70s disco.
At the funeral home, we quickly formed up 2 flag lines at the hearse’s rear door and saluted the arrival of Pfc Clifford Mills.
30 Mar 2019 UPDATE: 82nd Airborne Division
After 75 years, one of our brethren has returned home. On September 18, 1944, a 319th, 82nd Airborne Division Artillery Glider crashed behind enemy lines near Wyler, Germany. Several Soldiers were unaccounted for after the crash. One of them was PFC Clifford Mills from Troy, Indiana.
The latest efforts to find PFC Mills started 12 years ago in the Netherlands when a Dutch man by the name of Nowy van Hedel adopted PFC Mills and took it upon himself to find closure. Hedel kept a picture of Mills in his living room as a reminder of the sacrifices of the American military during World War II.
In January, Hedel received a call from the family of Mills and was informed the remains of their Soldier had been identified and was coming home.
Representatives from three 82nd Airborne Division Field Artillery Battalions carried PFC Mills the last few yards to his final resting place, next to his wife
Please visit his Memorial at the Nerherlands American Cemetery and Memorial Find a grave memorial 56301904
Ethel L. Siscel Mills
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