1Lt Lane Humphrey Miller

1Lt Lane Humphrey Miller

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 24 Jan 1945 (aged 23)
Mauthausen, Perg Bezirk, Upper Austria (Oberösterreich), Austria
Burial Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
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First Lt. Lane H. Miller, 24, outstanding athlete during his Coronado high school days, died on duty with the now-famous Office of Strategic Services in the European theatre, where he previously earned decorations as pilot of an Army Liberator bomber. His parents, Lt. Comdr. Harry A. Miller, (SC) USN, ret., and Mrs. Miller, 550 C-av., have received an official finding-of-death notice from the War Department following expiration of the one-year period during which he was listed as missing. Because of the highly secret nature of the 0.S,S., Lieutenant Miller had been unable to communicate with his family since entering that Service. The Adjutant General informed Commander and Mrs. Miller that Lieutenant Miller, serving with the 0.5.5., participated with members of his regiment on a secret mission behind enemy lines in Czechoslovakia. He was assigned to the Dawes Team. Early in October, 1944, he flew from Bari, Italy, to Tri Duby airport in the mountains of Slovakia, from whence he proceeded to the town of Banska Bystrica, where he joined other American personnel of the same mission. “It is known that they were captured by the enemy,” the letter from Washington stated. With the Air Corps and the 0.S.S., Lieutenant Miller was wounded twice and missing twice. He first was reported missing Aug. 10, 1944, over Yugoslavia. Traveling on foot, he covered more than 200 miles at night, evading the enemy, and returned to his base in five days. As a B-24 bomber pilot in the 15th Air Force, Lieutenant Miller received the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air -Medal, Purple Heart and a Presidential Unit Citation. Known as a fearless youth during his school days, the Coronado football and track star left the University of California at Berkeley after two years, to enter the Army in March, 1942. He graduated as a pilot in December of that year and subsequently served as an instructor at various stations. In January, 1944, he completed his B-24 training and later, at Davis Monthan Field, Tucson, Ariz., finished his combat crew training and departed for overseas at the end of May, 1944. In addition to his athletic record at Coronado high school, Lieutenant Miller was a member of the Honor Society and the Hy-Y. A younger brother of the combat veteran, Pvt. Harry A. (Buck) Miller, Jr., recently completed paratroop training at Ft. Benning, Ga., and will be stationed in the Far East at an early date.

Source: Coronado Eagle and Journal, Number 3, 17 January 1946

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Lane Humphrey Miller (25 Jan 1921–24 Jan 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56365435, citing Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .