Saturday, December 13, 2008

Corporal Miller in the Herald News July 19, 1943

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RadioFree said...

Wow, this is pretty incredible.

Now, not only have we learned more about his death, but also his life.

Poor guy lost his parents early on and was sent to live with his aunts. Probably joined the military so he could forge his own path in life.

An incredible find!

shamrock said...

I believe he lived with his aunts in the house that used to be directly across from the ________ square, which is now a gas station. It makes sense that his memorial would be there, right across the street from where he grew up.

It was nice (but also sad) to finally put a face to the name of this man who I feel like I know.

Tom Paine said...

I am lost for words.

Anonymous said...

This obit humanizes the whole story. I can't imagine the horrible suffering this young man endured. Mr. McGovern was a good man. I can't help but wonder how he would have reacted if he knew that a memorial dedicated to his memory was at the cost of erasing a brave hero.

puck said...

For David Miller

I turned my face from you
so you could not see my tears

Auntie, good-bye, you said

I turned back to watch
your sweet smile form
and took comfort in your eyes

You were so brave

Good-bye, I said. Good-bye

I see you now,
as if for the first time

You were so young

Your smile has not faded
Your eyes still comfort

Peace, Auntie

bigsam27 said...

Excellent research!

Tom Paine said...

A POW internet site has posted the H.N. opinion piece about Corporal Miller!! Just click on Internet Daily News and in the column there you will see on the right Miller Green. Help Corporal Miller, send out emails to everyone!

Anonymous said...

email them for a follow up of their november coverage of the mayor dedicating mcgovern square

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 19:57...

You say that you wonder what Mr. McGovern would react to this craziness... Let me tell you that he would hate it and is probably rolling in his grave right now. Mr. McGovern was the type of man to do things for other people and asking NOT to be recognized for it. He did things out of the pure goodness of his heart. Mr. McGovern would not have even wanted that square, never mind to have one that was named after a hero.

Anonymous said...

Imagine how proud Miller would be if he knew bloggers have so far failed to organize anything that might fix this least the men of his generation did more than talk big

Jason said...

Keep watching. We're not going to hold a memorial as a political rally, so just count that idea right out.

BTW: If anyone wants to debate me on this, I can set up a venue. What the the City Council, and Mayor did is wrong, and it must be fixed.

This from Jacques said...

To Anon 9:13:

It could well be argued that your repetitive taunting and mockery of those attempting to rectify a perceived injustice to the memory of a fallen American soldier is akin in spirit to the torments inflicted by the soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army on this Fall River soldier, as well as on their other American and Philippine victims during the Bataan Death March. Such triumphalism and mean contempt for the weakness of their defeated foes was a trademark of these Japanese victors, as it seems to be for you.

A reminder of one of the lessons of history: The Americans and their allies retook the Philippines and drove out the Imperial Japanese Army.

Wendy said...

Although I do not live in Fall River, or even in Massachusetts, I have contacted both the Today Show and CNN with a request for an investigative story about Miller Green. I did this based, in part, on my 92 year old Dad's reaction to the Herald News story of the re-dedication of this hallowed ground.

My Dad is a Bataan Death March Survivor who endured nearly four years in the hell of a Japanese POW camp. He never knew Cpl. Miller, but cannot understand how this situation came to be. Is Cpl. Miller no longer a hero because 66 years have passed?

I hope Today, CNN, or both come to Fall River to report on this story. Rest well, Cpl Miller, MOST of America is very thankful for your sacrifice.