||I am uncertain about his name being Robert as the
newspaper was very old and tattered. I got Robert from the only letters
readable ... "Rob". barbara
Son of Lyman County Woman Awarded Medal
Robert(?) Miller, son of Mrs. George Hollenback residing south of
Kennebec, serving with the Medical Aidin the 67th Armored Regiment, has
been awarded the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action at
Gertenstadt, Germany. He is 27 years of age and entered military service
from California and had previously been awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
The commanding officer, Wilson M. Hawkins, sends us the following
March 22, 1945, Pvt. Miller was acting as aid man
to a force moving down the road to clear the town of Gartenstadt. As the
force reached the crossroad a tank was set afire by artillery fire. Pvt.
Miller went to the tank and assisted the tank commander in removing the
remaining two crew members from the light tank. Both the rescued men
were ablaze and the ammunition in the tank was exploding, buy Pvt.
Miller remained beside the tank long enough to extinguish the flames on
the two men.
The dismounted patrol which the tank had been covering
continued on into the town under the direction of the platoon leader,
but Pvt. Miller remained at the crossroads under continuing artillery
fire to evacuate the two wounded men to safety. When he returned to the
second man he was observed to be knocked down several times by
concussion of artillery shells, but he continued until both men were in
a covered position.
Pvt. Miller was not injured during this action.