Canton (MI). WWII Veteran George W. Miller Sr. honored by France
On November 12, Consul General of France Guillaume Lacroix presented the French Legion of Honor to WWII veteran George W. Miller Sr. of Canton, Michigan, for his participation in the liberation of France. The ceremony tool place in the presence of local and state officials including Amanda York representing U.S Senator Debbie Stabenow, Brig. General Carol Anne Fausone representing Congressman David Trott, State Senator Patrick Colbeck, Canton Township Supervisor Patrick Williams, and Honorary Consul of France Jean Mallebay-Vacqueur. Also in attendance, Hockey Hall Famer, Ted Lindsay, of the Detroit Red Wings, family and friends.
Mr. Miller enlisted in the U.S Army in October of 1942 at age 21. He arrived in England in January 1944 and was assigned to the newly activated First United States Army placed under Lieutenant General Omar Bradley’s command. Mr. Miller fought in three major campaigns, Northern France, the Rhineland, and Central Europe. He started out as a ground combat specialist, and a rifle marksman, then he became an anti-aircraft and heavy artillery gunner, achieving the rank of Tech 5.
Mr. Miller landed in Normandy after the Allied invasion. Following Operation Cobra seven weeks after the initial landing, M. Miller was deployed on the eastern front. For two months, he fought on the German border. On December 16, the last major German counteroffensive was launched in the Ardennes-Alsace region. For over a month, Mr. Miller fought in the forests of northeastern France, Belgium and Luxembourg until the enemy was finally repelled over the Rhine. He left Europe on October 25, 1945 and was honorably discharged in November at Camp Atterbury in Indiana.
For his bravery during combat, he has received prestigious distinctions including European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with six Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal and the WWII Victory medal.
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