MILLER, DEROY LEE, First Lieutenant, # 0-666334, USAAF
Deroy L. Miller was born on 29 November 1920 in Rosenberg, Texas, to Hugo Frederick Miller (1882-1943) and Mina “Minnie” Pauline (Sonntag) Miller (1884-1973) (married 17 January 1912). Siblings included Arthur Earnest “Buster” Hugo Miller (1913-1984), Vernon Mark Miller (1918-1924), and Hugo F. Miller Jr. (1927-1931). On 25 March 1943 he married Merry Estella Kone (1921-1996) in the First Presbyterian Church, Miami, Dade Co., Florida. In 1950 his mother lived at 1119 Brazos St., Rosenberg, TX.
He registered for theWWII draft when a student at Southwest Texas Teachers College, San Marcos, Texas. He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet at Randolph Field, San Antonio, Texas, on 19 January 1942 and reported to Kelly Field for training. He described himself as 6’ 1 ½”, 182 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He completed flight schools through advanced training and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 15 June 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93372, assigned to 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, on an air resupply mission and return. It was last seen by an eyewitness to the crash that killed everyone on board at 25º 31’ North and 96º 50’ East, when it hit some trees and crashed. Two Chinese soldiers said that the C-47A propellars hit trees before crashing. All crew members were from the 11th Combat Cargo Squadron on detached service to the 1st Troop Carrier Squadron, except 1stLt Miller, who was from Station # 10 (A.T.C.) on detached service to the 1st Troop Carrier Squadron. His remains were recovered and buried in the Rosenberg Cemetery, Rosenberg, Fort Bend Co., Texas. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
His brother, Arthur E. Miller, born 14 January 1913, was a SSgt in the U.S. Army during WW II from 4 January 1941 to 26 March 1943. He died 20 November 1984 and is buried in the Rosenberg Cemetery, Rosenberg, Texas.