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  PVT Walter Antone Miller    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

George Company
35th Infantry Regiment
World War II

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PVT Walter Antone Miller, 38075028, who died in the service of his country on January 21st, 1943 in Guadalcanal. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Walter was 23 years of age. He was from Cypress, Texas.

The decorations earned by PVT Walter Antone Miller include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Mueller Cemetery
Harris County
Texas, USA

Walter was a meat-cutter and enlisted 30 Jan 1942.

Pvt. Walter A. Miller, Hill 31, Gifu Strong Point, British Solomon Islands, January 25, 1943 (diary date) The following quote is from diary of Sgt Tom F Hardin.

"Nothing has happened except the usual things in the past few days. Our men have the Japs surrounded, and we have been trying to knock the Japs' pill-boxes out. We lose a few men every day from wounds, sickness, and death. (Pvt. Walter A.) Miller was killed yesterday. He lay here in the Mortar Platoon last night as by the time our men were able to get him out of the machine gun lane it was almost dark. He was killed while we were trying to knock some Jap pill-boxes out. He never knew what hit him. He was shot through the eye, and the bullet came out the back of his head. Where the bullet went into the corner of his right eye next to the nose there was only a very small blue hole. Where it came out the back of his head there was a hole larger than a silver dollar...When the order was sent in to bury Miller, all of the boys who were around disappeared as if by magic and left the job to (Pfc. Joseph E.) Mitchell, (Medic) Dr. Luts, and myself."