Defenders of the Philippines

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Andy Miller, ADBC Commander

ADBC Commander,1990-1991

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 Andrew Miller was born on March 15, 1920, Miller, SD, and was raised in Omaha, NB.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps, July, 1941 and arrived in the Philippines, August 1991.  He was assigned to the 19th Air Base Squadron, Nichols Field and then served as an infantryman with the Provision Air Corps Regiment on Bataan.  He escaped to Corregidor when Bataan surrendered.  He served with the Marines on the beach defense on Corregidor, that surrendered May 6, 1942.

He was in the following camps the 92nd Garage, Bilibid, Cabanatuan No. 1 and No. 3, Las Pinas.  He went to Japan on the Nissyo Maru, July-August, 1944 and was sent to Fukuoka Camp No. 10, where he worked in the coal mines.  He was liberated September, 1945 at Nagasaki.  He held the grade of private throughout the war. His military service earned him five Purple Heart Medals.   After being discharged in April 1946, he graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering from University of Nebraska in June 1949.  He married Virginia Powell at that time, and they had a daughter and a son.  He worked as an engineer for General Electric and the U.S. Air Force.  He retired from Kirkland Air Force Base. He lived in Albuquerque for 57 years.

 He was active as a Shriner in the Ballut Abyad Temple, and a member of the bagpipe band for over 40 years, and a volunteer in SCORE.

Andrew Miller died June 8, 2008 at the age of 88.