Purple Heart with Oak Leaf ClusterPrivate
Archie H. Miller

1922 - September 22, 1944

Hannibal, New York - Veghel, The Netherlands

 


Archie H. Miller was born in 1922 and lived in Hannibal, New York. His mother was Blanche S. Miller.

According to his enlistment card, Archie had had  grammar school and worked as an aeronautical engineer when he joined the U.S. Army on 12 September 1942 in Syracuse, NY.

After arriving in Europe, Archie was assigned to HQ Company of the 2nd Battalion, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.

Archie participated in Operation Market Garden, the Airborne landing in Holland aimed to capture the bridges over the Maas, Waal and Rhine Rivers. The 327th landed on   September near Zon. Archie was killed on 22 September


 

HQ Company

 327th Glider Infantry Regiment

101st Airborne Division

1944. The exact circumstances of his death are unknown.  After the initial assault and capture of a number of bridges, a corridor from the Dutch/Belgium border to Eindhoven and Nijmegen was established. German forces on both east and west side of that corridor attacked the American forces although they were not in great strength. The Germans attempted to cut the road and stop the flow of Allied forces north.

22 September saw the heaviest fighting for the 101st Airborne in Holland to date. The Germans were concentrating their forces and counter attacked the the Dutch town of Veghel. The defense of the town was put in the hands of the deputy commander of the 101st Airborne Division, General MacAuliffe. The 327th GIR was sent at 10.00 in the morning from St. Oedenrode to Veghel to hold the line, together with elements of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment and British Tank forces. When the 3rd battalion got to Veghel, it appeared the counter attack had already begun and 3rd Battalion was immediately thrown in the battle.

The Sreaming Eagles turned back the first attack on Veghel, which came from the village of Erp to the east. The Germans, however, swung to the northwest and cut the highway between Veghel and Uden, then turning south. As a German armored column approached Veghel, Genaral McAuliffe ordered an antitank gun brought up, which knocked out the lead tank, and the enemy column turned back. Additional battalions of the 327th arrived, as did other elements of the 506th, along with British tank squadrons.

It involved of much of the fighting during the day. Colonel Harper, Co of the 327th, order the other battalions to force march from St. Oedenrode to Veghel. The 2nd Battalion, of which Pvt Miller was part, did not arrive in Veghel till dusk.

The enemy continued attacking Veghel through the afternoon, including several heavy artillery bombardments, but McAuliffe and his forces held. The next important step was to reopen the highway; men and equipment badly needed further north were backing up on the closed road.

Pvt Archie Miller was killed during the fighting on the 22nd. Most likely during shelling in the assembly area in Veghel, although that can not be certain. He was buried at Son temporary Cemetery on 24 September at 17:00.

After the war Pvt Archie Miller was re-interred at Margraten Military Cemetery, Plot J Row 10 Grave 5.


(picture by Michel Duijzings)


Margraten, The Netherlands

See also:
Pfc Lester Abraham
SSgt George Hunter
Pfc Philip Miller
Sgt William Ritchie
Sgt Roy Schlueter
Pvt Harold Spraguer
Tec5 Kenneth Stady

Other casualties of the 101st Airborne Division in The Netherlands

Acknowledgements:
Michel Duijzings
Mrs. Diana DeMott

Sources:
Leonard Rapport & Arthur Norwood,
Redezvous With Destiny, Konecky & Konecky, Old Saybrook, CT, 2001
James L. McDonough and Richard S. Gardner, Sky Riders - History of the 327/401 Glider Infantry, Battery Press, Nashville 1980
Pvt Miller's 293 File

Posted 18 May 2006

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