May 24, 2014
American Cemetery
Hombourg, Belgium

HQ Company
740th Tank Battalion


Talking with Harry Miller before the Ceremony

Harry dropped out of high school to enlist in the Army.  He arrived in Europe in November of 1944, assigned to the 740th Tank Battalion.  As a crewman in a Sherman Tank, Harry found himself immediately immersed in the Battle of the Bulge.  Following the defeat of the Germans, Harry and his Battalion chased the Germans back across the Siegfried Line. The 740th ended up in the US occupation zone where it was deactivated in 1946 after which he joined the 9th Infantry. When this unit was also deactived in December 1946 he joined the Constabulary forces.  Harry eventually left Germany in 1948 and was assigned to Gen. MacArthur’s Japan Occupation Headquarters. 
When the Army refused to send Harry to Korea, he left the Army and enlisted in the Air Force and his desire to serve in Korea was granted.  During the Vietnam War, Harry was assigned to SAC Headquarters and served as a member of the Joint Targeting Task Force for B-52 operations  in Southeast Asia.  Harry retired as a Senior Master Sergeant after 22 years of service.  While living in Edmonds, Harry was a drummer in a local dance band.  After Helen, his wife of 37 years, died, Harry moved to a Veterans Home in Washington, D.C.

Harry said:
"Our unit the 740th Tank Battalion was a separate Tank Battalion that belonged to nobody. They where shipped here and there anyplace were they needed. She didn't fight for many months, but once she started they never got a rest until it was over. They had a bunch of great guys, mostly from Texas and Oklahoma, they Knew what they had to do. She spent the most of our time with the 12th Army Group, mostly First Army."