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Alton Glenn Miller


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."

In Memoriam

'In Memory of Captain Glenn Miller, US Air Force and his Band.'
Remembered by Anthony Warrenski East Setauket, NY.



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Event Location Date
Born Clarinda, Iowa 1 March 1904
Died 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.



Date Contributor Update
15 May 2021 22:06:55 jmoore43 Changes to service number

Added a "O-" to the S/N to aid clarity & consistency.

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09 December 2016 23:12:42 WD-C Mustang Changes to biography and awards

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26 July 2016 16:00:19 FTW Changes to events

Posthumously awarded Bronze Star

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29 April 2015 10:52:31 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number, highest rank and events

Update to biography with details taken from mission 750.

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27 November 2014 17:09:02 Emily Changes to memoriam

Anthony Warrenski , via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence.

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27 November 2014 17:07:53 Emily Created entry with surname, firstname, nickname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events and media associations

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