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May 14, 2007

The Day the Sun Rose Twice

Remembering the Building of the Bomb, Part II

A little known fact: One of the state’s most prolific surviving World War II soldiers lives right here in Rush County, and had a hand in defeating the Japanese and bringing down the Nazi regime in a way that will literally “blow” your mind.

Don Miller, who grew up in Orange Township, was an “A” student all through his school years. He graduated from Milroy High School in 1941, and despite receiving a scholarship to Indiana University where his sweetheart Sue Wyman was attending, he chose Tri-State College in Angola, an electrical engineering school.

War was declared Dec. 7, 1941, right in the midst of Miller’s freshman year in which he was studying to be an engineer.

“We all wondered how long it would be before we had to leave school and go fight,” Miller said. “By joining the Army Reserves I was able to keep the Army away from me for another six months so that I could stay in school.”

Miller chose to join the Signal Corps so that he could continue to do electrical work. He was to head to Fort Monmouth, N.J. for military training.

“I got on the train and it stopped in Cincinnati. The officers separated the train and half of us went east and half of us went south,” Miller said. “Before I knew it, I was in Biloxi, Mississippi beginning training in the Air Corps.”

The Army literally lost Miller, and it took them months to locate him. He was not getting paid, his parents were worried that he had been kidnapped, and his fiancee’ was convinced that the Nazis had gotten him.

Eventually, the Army located him and asked him if he wanted to go back into the Signal Corps but Miller declined because he had already completed his basic training in the Air Corps.

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