Obituary for Clayton Miller, originally from the Lemmon Leader.
Letter sent from Clayton L Miller to Loran C Young dated 30 December 1943 (page 1).
“Dec. 30 1943
Your mother gave me your address and I have been going to write to you for quite a while. I haven’t heard from you since you finished school here in the U.S. You really got over quick. You beat me by quite a few months. But I expect to be out of the U.S. soon so don’t write to me as I probably won’t get it anyway.
I forget where I was when you last wrote. But anyway I went thru gunnery school and have since been through three phases of training first engineer on a B-24 bomber. I’m on a very good crew. The…”
Letter sent from Clayton L Miller to Loran C Young dated 30 December 1943 (page 2).
“…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 served as a ball turrent gunner with the 458th Bomb Group.
He was shot down on 25 April 1944 in B-24 (serial number 42-52335), nicknamed 'Admirable Little Character' and was Killed in Action (KIA).
An obituary published in his home town records that he was 'the first Morristown boy to lose his life on the battlefield'. One of Clayton's high school friends, Loran C. Young, kept this clipping along with a letter from Clayton in amongst his papers right up until his own death in 2012.
Units served with
The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...
||Morristown, South Dakota, USA
||20 April 1919
||Horsham St Faith
||1944 – 24 April 1944
|Killed in Action (KIA)
||25 April 1944
||25 April 1944