Alton Glenn Miller

media-27599.jpeg UPL 27599 Military portrait of Captain Glenn Miller, Army Air Force.

Object Number - UPL 27599 - Military portrait of Captain Glenn Miller, Army Air Force.

Glenn Miller enlisted in the US Army Air Force in 1942 leaving behind a successful music career. He was appointed as a Captain in the Army Specialist Corps and specialized in raising soldiers' morale through music. Miller organized the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band in order to entertain troops.

The Army Air Force Band was hugely successful giving over 800 performances. Miller was declared Missing in Action on 15 December 1944 whilst travelling to Paris for his next performance. Nevertheless the Glenn Miller Band continued to perform until they were disbanded at the end of the war in August 1945

Glenn Miller's Bronze Star citation:

"Major Alton Glenn Miller (Army Serial No. 0505273), Air Corps, United States Army, for meritorious service in connection with military operations as Commander of the Army Air Force Band (Special), from 9 July 1944 to 15 December 1944. Major Miller, through excellent judgment and professional skill, conspicuously blended the abilities of the outstanding musicians, comprising the group, into a harmonious orchestra whose noteworthy contribution to the morale of the armed forces has been little less than sensational. Major Miller constantly sought to increase the services rendered by his organization, and it was through him that the band was ordered to Paris to give this excellent entertainment to as many troops as possible. His superior accomplishments are highly commendable and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States."


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  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: Headquarters (Eighth Air Force)
  • Service Numbers: 18039927
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Army Correspondent
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 889th Signal Company
  • Service Numbers: 37617208
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade)
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Civilian
  • Nationality: British
  • Role/Job: Saxophonist



Event Location Date Description


Clarinda, Iowa 1 March 1904


English Channel 15 December 1944 Missing in Action. Major Alton Glenn Miller, serial number 0505273, Director of the USAAF band, boards a UC-64A for a flight to Paris. Miller and the Flight officer take-off, disappear in low cloud and are never seen again.



Date15 May 2021 22:06:55
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Posthumously awarded Bronze Star

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Anthony Warrenski , via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence.

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