Grandfather remembers in awe his uncle, Alvah L. Miller.
Major Miller died January 31, 1944, while in command of Darby’s Rangers second battalion. The first, second and forth Ranger battalions successfully landed on the beach at Anzio, Italy, but were wiped out by a German counterattack before they got far inland.
Young Alvah was a highly-principled youth. World War II broke out while he was in college and he immediately left school and enlisted in the Army. He was dismayed by the unfocused nature of the Army as it was cobbling itself together in 1942, and volunteered for duty with the elite Rangers.
Major Miller’s wife said she awoke, frightened, at home in Saginaw, Michigan, the night Major Miller died. He stood before her, at the foot of her bed. He looked once at her, once at their infant son in his crib, and was gone.
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