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Letter sent from Clayton L Miller to Loran C Young dated 30 December 1943 (page 2).

It reads:
“…pilot is really good, and he is also a very swell fellow. I really like my job very much and I also like flying. I had some trouble with my right ear and they had to puncture the ear drum to drain it. But it has since healed up and is getting along fine.
I got promoted to staff sgt. the 18th of December and now when I get overseas and get overseas pay I’ll really be dragging down the dough.
They gave me a 10-day delay en route between my second and 3rd phase but I only got one day at home. I didn’t get to see many people. But I did stop in the bank and to talk to “Prof.” There isn’t hardly anybody at home our own age any more. But it was fun being home even if it was only for one day.
I’d like to keep in touch with you but it may be hard when I get my A.P.O. no. too.
I’ll have to sign off now.
Your old pal,



  • Clayton Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Clayton Miller served as a ball turrent gunner with the 458th Bomb Group. ...


Date Contributor Update
21 April 2015 17:01:22 Lucy May Changes to caption

Transcription of the letter.

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2015 16:51:02 Lucy May Created entry with caption and person associations

Diane Young Holliday says of Clayton Miller: 'He was a high school friend of my father, Loran C. Young (who served in North Africa and Italy). My Dad, through the years, would occasionally mention two of his high school friends who had died in the war, always with tears in his eyes. Clayton was one of these friends. After my Dad died in 2012, I went through his papers and found an envelope with a December 30, 1943, letter from Clayton and an obituary that included his photo. We came across your website a couple of weeks ago and I think my Dad would have wanted to honor Clayton by posting this on your website. '