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In honor of Merle Miller, US Army - Served in World War II
(Submitted October 3, 2008 by Timothy Miller)

My father, Merle Miller, was just a kid in his early 20's when he was called to serve in WW II.  Surrounded by German forces in the Battle of the Bulge, his division had little hope of coming out of the conflict alive.  In spite of the overwhelming forces, my dad and his fellow heroes managed to suppress their fear and anxiety enough to defeat the enemy. 

Another horrific experience for my pop was the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp.  I doubt that I could have handled this type of situation today, let alone at the age of 22.  And yet, my father and his equally young comrades, managed to stomach the atrocities they had witnessed and continued to do their duty. 

It is hard to imagine what our world would look like today if it were not for the courage and devotion to duty provided by our veterans and current active duty forces.  While I do not condone war, I applaud my dad and our past and present troops for giving us the freedom to vote for leaders that are intelligent enough to prevent future conflicts. 

Timothy F. Miller, former ET1, USN
Montevideo, MN

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