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Walter Miller was born 24 May 1919 in Hibbing, on Minnesota's Iron Range, one of four children. He grew up there, and attended Hibbing High School. In January of 1941, Walter volunteered for the US Army, and after completing Basic Training was assigned to the 60th Coast Artillery, then stationed in the Philippines. When the Pacific War began in December of 1941, he was stationed on the island of Corregidor, in Manila Bay. US forces on Corregidor surrendered to the Japanese in May 1942, and Walter was among the thousands of men now POWs of the Japanese. Walter and other American POWs were evacuated to Okinawa, then by ship to the United States. He spent months recovering from his time as a POW, before being discharged in early 1946. Again a civilian, Walter got married in 1946 (wife Margaret) and helped to raise two boys. He returned to Hibbing and worked for Shubat Transportation Company, and also Hibbing School District, before retiring in 1989.
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Saylor, Thomas, "Oral History Project World War II Years, 1941-1946 - Walter Miller" (2004). Oral History Project: World War II Years, 1941-1946. 51.