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Virgil Rasmuss Miller

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AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Colonel (Infantry), [then Lieutenant Colonel] Virgil Rasmuss Miller (ASN: 0-15487), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while Commanding the 442d Regimental Combat Team, attached to the 92d Infantry Division, on 29 October and 7 November, 1944, in France, and on 10 April 1945, in Italy. When his troops were halted by a large enemy force defending well dug in positions on a strategic hill in the combat team's four-day battle to rescue the "Lost Battalion," Colonel Miller exposed himself to the hazards of intense artillery, mortar, and small arms fire to personally direct the assault of his companies. On 7 November 1944 in the vicinity of La Croisette, France, when the enemy infiltrated in strength and threatened the entire flank of a battalion, he proceeded to one of the company areas and directed a skillful maneuver which prevented the encirclement of a friendly battalion, Again on 10 April 1945 in the vicinity of Massa, Italy, Colonel Miller proceeded to a company operating on the rearward slope of Cle Tecchione, under concentrated shelling from hostile coastal guns and mortars. Disdaining sporadic shellfire, he inspected the condition of the company, encouraged the troops, and gave the company commander specific instructions on the plan of attack. Colonel Miller's complete disregard for personal safety in repeatedly exposing himself to the hazards of hostile fire in his desire to obtain maximum coordination between the different elements of his command was a constant source of inspiration to the officers and men of his organization and reflects high credit on the traditions of the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, 92d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 94 (October 4, 1945)

Action Date: 29 October & 7 November, 1944, and 10 April 1945

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel

Company: Commanding Officer

Regiment: 442d Regimental Combat Team

Division: 92d Infantry Division

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Colonel (Infantry) Virgil Rasmuss Miller (ASN: 0-15487), United States Army, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commanding officer of the 442d Regimental Combat Team, 92d Infantry Division, during World War II.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel

Company: Commanding Officer

Regiment: 442d Regimental Combat Team

Division: 92d Infantry Division