Original U.S. WWII 102nd Infantry Division Silver Star Recipient Uniform Grouping - Staff Sergeant Robert Miller

Item Description

Original Items: One-of-a-kind Set. Staff Sergeant Robert Miller ASN 32942139 was born on November 10th, 1924 in Fort Plains, New York. Inducted into the Army on July 21st, 1943 and was assigned to the 406th Infantry Regiment, 102nd Infantry Division (Ozark). During his time with the 102nd he fought in the Rhineland and Central-European Campaigns.

He was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his actions during the BATTLE FOR KREFELD 2 - 3 March 1945. Robert led his squad across an antitank ditch, forced an entrance to a hidden pillbox and captured 44 prisoners. This can ver verified on the 102nd ID website at this link.

Included in this amazing grouping are the following items:

- Ike jacket size 40L in excellent condition with 102nd Infantry Division patch on the right shoulder, 406th infantry regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia on the lapels, Sterling Silver WWII CombatInfantryman Badge, and Medal ribbons that include: Silver Star Medal, Good Conduct WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 Campaign Stars. Two overseas service bars on the left sleeve indicating 1+ year in overseas service. The inside of the jacket is clearly ink marked MILLER. Each sleeve bears Staff Sergeant chevrons.

- Original Silver Star Medal in Case (not engraved).

- Original Overseas Garrison Cap with infantry piping.

- Wool shirt with chevrons and 102nd ID patch.

- Wool trousers

- Research folder with numerous copies of Miller's wartime documents including his honorable discharge and service record.

Overall a fantastic infantry grouping for a Silver Star Medal recipient who fought in World War Two.

History of the 102nd Infantry Division.

The 102nd Infantry Division, under the command of Major General Frank A. Keating, arrived on the Western Front in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) at Cherbourg, France, 23 September 1944, and, after a short period of training near Valognes, moved to the German-Netherlands border. On 26 October, elements attached to other divisions entered combat and on 3 November the division assumed responsibility for the sector from the Wurm to Waurichen. A realignment of sectors and the return of elements placed the 102nd in full control of its units for the first time, 24 November 1944, as it prepared for an attack to the Roer. The attack jumped off, 29 November, and carried the division to the river through Welz, Flossdorf, and Linnich.

After a period of aggressive patrolling along the Roer, 4–19 December, the division took over the XIII Corps sector from the Wurm River, north of the village of Wurm, to Barmen on the south, and trained for river crossing. On 23 February 1945, the 102d attacked across the Roer (Operation Grenade), advanced toward Lövenich and Erkelenz, bypassed Mönchengladbach, took Krefeld, 3 March, and reached the Rhine. During March the division was on the defensive along the Rhine, its sector extending from Homburg south to Düsseldorf. Crossing the river on 9 April on pontoon bridge, the division attacked in the Wesergebirge, meeting stiff opposition. After 3 days and nights of terrific enemy resistance Wilsede and Hessisch-Oldendorf fell, 12 April 1945, and the 102d pushed on to the Elbe, meeting little resistance. Breitenfeld fell, 15 April, and the division outposted the Elbe River, 48 miles from Berlin, its advance halted on orders. Storkau experienced fighting on the 16th, EHRA on the 21st along with Fallersleben. On 3 May 1945 the 102nd shook hands with the Russian 156th Division just outside Berlin.

The barn set on fire in the Gardelegen Massacre.

On 15 April the division discovered a war crime in Gardelegen. About 1,200 prisoners from the Mittelbau-Dora and Hannover-Stöcken prison camps were forced from a train into an empty barn measuring approximately a hundred by fifty feet on the outskirts of the town. The barn was then burned down, killing those inside. About 1,016 people were killed. However, two men survived, buried under a shield of dead bodies, protecting them from the gunfire and flames. When the first soldiers arrived at the barn, the two came crawling out from under the dead and burning bodies. Major General Keating ordered that the nearby civilian population be forced to view the site and to disinter and rebury the victims in a new cemetery. After digging the graves and burying the bodies, they erected a cross or a Star of David over each grave and enclosed the site with a white fence.

The division patrolled and maintained defensive positions until the end of hostilities in Europe, then moved to Gotha for occupational duty.

Total battle casualties: 4,922
Killed in action: 932
Wounded in action: 3,668
Missing in action: 185
Prisoners of war: 137

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