Gordon Miller
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Sgt. Gordon Miller

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U.S.Flag   Gordon, the only son of J.H.(Buddy) and Josie Miller, was lost at sea in World War II. He had served four years in the Marines, came home and went to Texas Tech for two years, and then had one year at St. Mary's in San Antonio.

When the war started he entered the Army. He was sent to Java and was a member of the Lost Battalion. They arrived in Java in January of 1942 and were captured in March of 1942. He was a prisoner of war from that time to his death in 1944. They were being sent from Java to the mainland of China to work on the Burma Road when the ship with "no markings" was sunk by one of our submarines. This was off the coast of Sumatra.

We had a letter from one of the officers soon after the officer arrived back in the States. He told us that Gordon and several other men were on a raft, with two men hanging on the sides, one of the men became very sick and Gordon changed places with the weaker man. The next morning, Gordon was gone, lost during the night.

Source: History of Dickens County; Ranches and Rolling Plains, Fred Arrington, ©1971
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