Pfc. Joseph B. “Ben” Miller

307th Airborne Medical Company, 82nd Airborne Division

​Joseph “Ben” Miller was born on January 14th, 1925 in Morristown, NJ.
He was drafted and inducted into the Army on May 21st, 1943. Following his training in the US, Ben was assigned to the 307th Airborne Medical Company, attached to the 82nd Airborne Division.

On the evening of June 6th, 1944, Ben and 13 fellow medics landed in Normandy via glider. Ben’s glider lost both wings during the landing, but all 14 men in the glider made it out safely. He and his fellow medics went to help any infantrymen and paratroopers who were wounded. They arrived in the town of St. Mere Eglise first. As it was the first town liberated, “There wasn’t much left of it.” Following Operation Market Garden in September, 1944, Ben and his unit were taken to Holland to support the large airborne operation. During the Battle of the Bulge, he fought in the Ardennes. After the 82nd Airborne met up with Russian forces, Ben and his unit were sent to France via train, then shipped home to New York City.

Ben was discharged from the Army on November 24th, 1944.