Private Verne W Miller

26 Nov 1918 - 29 Jun 1944

  • CVSM with Clasp Ribbon

Verne Wallace Miller was born in Spirit River, Alberta, Canada the son of Nathan Lamphere and Margaret Caroline Miller, of Kelowna, Canada. He was 6’ ½”, 154 lbs, Fair complexion, Blue eyes, Fair hair and with 20/20 vision.

He enlisted in the 2 Battalion Canadian Scottish Regiment on 11 July 1940, volunteered for Airborne forces and transferred to 1st Canadian Parachute battalion and qualified as a parachutist at Fort Benning, Georgia, USA on 14 November 1942. He arrived in England on 28 July 1943, and took part in Operation Overlord (Normandy).

Private Miller and the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion jumped into Normandy on the night of 5/6 June 1944. He died of wounds on 29 June 1944, aged 25, and was buried in Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France.

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