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Town 'N Country readies for Veterans parade

Ally Wagner, 7, shows her patriotism waving an American flag while standing on Hanley Avenue during the annual Veterans Day Parade in Town ‘n Country on Saturday, November 7, 2015.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Ally Wagner, 7, shows her patriotism waving an American flag while standing on Hanley Avenue during the annual Veterans Day Parade in Town ‘n Country on Saturday, November 7, 2015.

TOWN 'N COUNTRY — World War II U.S. Army Sergeant Earl W Miller Jr., will be honored during the 23rd annual Tampa Bay Veterans Parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday (Nov. 5).

The parade route will proceed on Hanley Road between Barry Road and Paula Drive.

Miller was a civilian listening to his HAM radio on Sunday afternoon December 7, 1941. He was one of the first persons to hear of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Miller's HAM Radio operators' knowledge would set him on a path to become a U.S. Army Tech Sergeant Radioman in the 25th Tank Battalion 14th Armor Division. He served with Sherman's tanks during the Battle of the Bulge from December 1944 thru January 1945 in France and Germany.

During this time Tech Sgt. Miller was awarded both the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

In April 1945 his unit arrived at the infamous Dachau Concentration Camp where he witnessed firsthand the atrocities of Nazi Germany and met with liberated prisoners. He visited the manufacturing and test facilities for the German jet engine program located near the concentration camp.

In 1955, Miller, his wife and two young daughters moved to Tampa and he became an electrical engineer with the Tampa Electric Company (TECO), working there for 38 years before retiring in 1984.

Education and service has always been a hallmark in Earl's life, he is presently learning sign language, yet another adventure in his long and meaningful life.

To volunteer, donate, or register your organization to march in the parade visit veteransparade.org.

Town 'N Country readies for Veterans parade 11/02/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 2:34pm]
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