Delbert W. “Buck” Miller

Recent Address: Dupree, SD
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Family Info: Parents: Walter and Eliza; Wife: Eva; Children: Sally, Sue, Janie, and Mary
Hometown: Dupree, SD
Date Entered Service: April 18, 1943
Service Number: O-777906
Bomb Group: 40th
Squadron: 44th
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Targets: Flew missions over Manchuria, China, Burma, Thailand, French Indo-China, Malay Peninsula Japan, and Honshu
Awards: Victory Medal, Air Medal, Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal with 6 Bronze Stars, and the American Theater Medal
Service Schools: Flight training, Gunnery and Advanced Bombardier courses in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Class 44-7 Bombardiers at Kirtland Army Air Field, NM
MOS: Bombardier
Rank Upon Discharge: 1st Lieutenant
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-63538, Winged Victory II as part of Andrew Papson's crew
Where You a POW?: Yes
POW Location: Omori POW camp
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Thoughts About the 58th: His plane was shot down May 26, 1945 over Tokyo by flak. He parachuted out of a window. When he was captured, the Japanese civilians put a noose around his neck ready to hang him, but the Japanese soldiers saved him. He was a prisoner of war at the Omori POW Camp, Japan, for 3 months and 3 days. He was rescued when the United States Navy entered Tokyo on August 29, 1945.
Mr. Miller passed away January 5, 1984. He is buried at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.
He was given the name “Flying Eagle” by the Sioux.

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