Edgar C. Miller
Edgar C. "Ed" Miller

Edgar C. "Ed" Miller - March 8, 1920 - New Underwood, South Dakota

Passed - December 16, 2011 - Crystal River, FL - Age 91

US Army Air Corp
Served in the US Army Air Corp

Edgar attended grade school and high school in New Underwood.

In March, 1942, he applied for aviation cadet training and was accepted, but had to wait until September before entering training at San Antonio, Texas. He qualified for pilot's training, and went through Bonham, TX, Greenville, TX, and Ellington Field, Houston, TX, where he graduated in August 1943 (Class 43-H), as a 2nd Lt. He went through B-17 training at Pyote, TX, Alexandria, LA, and Grand Island, NE and arrived in England in December 1943. His crew was assigned to the 360th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group, the Hell's Angel's Group operating out of Molesworth, England. He flew the first of 30 missions on February 2, 1944, nine of which were to Berlin, Germany. His last mission was on June 2, 1944. Ed then left Molesworth to return to the US, on D-Day.

The first assignment in the US was as Adjutant for the Flying Training Station at Marfa, TX. Here he pulled off the greatest "coup-de-maitre" of his career, when he married his sweetheart, Jill Wilson, who he had meet at Bonham, TX, while taking Primary Training.

In 1946, Ed flew with the Air Transport Command Ferry Division, stationed at Long Beach, CA. He flew B-25s, B-26s, A-26s and P-38s, before transferring to Hamilton Field, CA, to fly Transpac to Hawaii, Guam, Philippines, Okinawa, China and Japan. He was promoted to Captain in 1947, while serving as Statistical Control Officer for the MATS Base at Travis Air Force Base, in Fairfield, CA. In 1948, he was transferred to the Far East Air Forces, with assignments on Okinawa, the Philippines, and Tokyo, Japan as a Statistical Control Officer. His duties included briefing General Stratemeyer, on the state of readiness of the Far East Air Forces, the 5th Air Force and the 13th Air Force.

In 1950, he returned to the US, and was assigned to the Military Air Transport Service, in San Antonio, TX, as Chief, Management Analysis for the Continental Division of MATS. Another promotion, this time to Major, occurred in 1952. He was then transferred to the Air University, at Montgomery, AL, for Comptroller Staff Officer Training. Upon completion, he was promoted to Instructor of Comptroller Training, specializing in Management Training and Analysis, where he remained for two and a half years.

Since his days in Tokyo, and in San Antonio, Ed had been attending college classes in the evening. At the end of his tour in Montgomery, AL, he was given time to complete his residence requirements at the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, and received his AB degree in Political Science and History. Back overseas he went, with his family, to Wiesbaden, Germany, to head up the Management Analysis Division of the European Material Command, where he was promoted to Lt. Colonel in 1956. This assignment lead to being given the opportunity to return to the US in 1958, and attend the School of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his MBA. He specialized in Long Range Planning in Business and Industry. Then, it was off to the Pentagon in 1959, as personal briefing officer for General Le May, on the "Military Effectiveness" of the Air Material Command, the Air Training Command, the Air University, and Air Force Communication Service. After four years, with a short break to obtain jet pilot training in the T-33, jet trainer, at Randolph Field, TX. Ed retired after 21 years in the United States Air Forces.

In 1963, he accepted the position of Director, Economic Planning for the Autonetics Division of Rockwell International, at Anaheim, CA, living in Fullerton, CA. He remained with Autonetics until 1969, at which time he accepted the position of Vice President, Management Systems, for a small conglomerate, National Environment Corporation, in Orange, CA, and later, as President, Envirofoods, Inc. In 1971, Ed joined Dean Witter Reynolds as a broker, and served as Personal Investment Advisor for over 1500 families over 17 years period, a most rewarding time of his career. During which he became a Certified Financial Planner, was promoted to First Vice President, and then became the Manager of the Whittier, California branch office that served 35 brokers. Ed retired in 1987, and shortly thereafter, moved to a quieter, less hurried life in Temple, Oklahoma.

Ed was elected, or appointed, to the following 303 BGA positions: 21 September 1992 - Secretary; 4 March 1994 - Vice President - Administration; 17 September 1995 - President; 27 August 1996 - Chairman Past President's Committee; 18 September 1997 to 28 September 2000 (3 years) - Member Past President's Committee; 25 August 1998 - Vice President - Reunion (For Oklahoma City Reunion); 7 September 2001 to 8 August 2003 - 360th BS Representative

He was appointed to following positions: 1985-1986 - Membership Chairman; January 1998 - Web Page Committee member; 1987-1991 - Originator and Developer of the 303rd BG(H) 10,000+ name computerized Veteran's roster; 1994-2002 - Distinguished Service Award Certificate Project Chairman; 2000 - CD-ROM (1st Edition) Chairman; 2002, Assisted with CD-ROM (2nd Edition); September 2000 to August 2003 - Chairman of Lost Comrade Search Project; October 2002 to August 2003 - Ways & Means & Budget Chairman.

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His cousins know him as Ed Miller, but his buddies in the Air Force’s 303rd Bombardment Group know him as Lt. Col. Edgar C. Miller, and they are grateful that he has spent the last 22 years preserving their heritage.

During those 22 years that began in 1987, he was doing the same for the descendants of Leonard and Barbara Slemp Shoun. Ed has researched and recorded more than 26,000 Shouns, published his findings in 18 books (along with 42 books of pioneer families of Johnson County, TN) and made the information available free of charge to other genealogists.

In the meantime, he has accumulated the records of 7,336 airmen who served with the B-17 “Flying Fortress” unit at Molesworth, England between 1942 and 1945. His extensive records were presented in a ceremony at Molesworth March 13. Ed’s daughter, Suzanne Miller Poole, who lives in Deenethorpe, England, represented her father who was unable to attend. Ed was in his early 20’s when he served as a pilot and co-pilot of a B-17 bomber over the skies of Nazi Germany.

He survived 30 bombing missions, ten of them over the heavily-defended Nazi capitol of Berlin. He believes he may be the only pilot in the entire 8th Air Forces to complete 10 missions to Berlin and live to tell about it.

Forty years later at a reunion, when Ed became membership chairman, he determined to record the legacy of each of the 7,336 men who valiantly served in the 303rd Bombardment Group for future generations. He started with 385 names on 3 x 5 cards. By the end of the first year, he had a database of 1,200 names. By 1995, the list had grown to more than 5,600. The final names were discovered in 2004 on the order for the 303rd’s personnel to board the Queen Mary for its September 1942 trip to England. Ed’s work for the 303rd grew to 13 three-ring binders, some 3,400 pages in all. The first is titled “A Group of Heroic 8th Air Force Comrades” and is arranged in six binders with more than 1,800 pages.

The second is five binders with 1,400 pages entitled “Personnel Casualties of Triangle ‘C’” and summarizes each mission flown by every crew member. The third volume is a special set of two binders called, “The Order of the Purple Heart.” It gives the names and circumstances of those Killed or Wounded in Action and the location of the 467 members memorialized in nine American national cemeteries in Europe. As part of the March 13 ceremony, the documents were blessed by the Base Chaplain and placed in the Major General Lewis E. Lyle Conference Room. As with the Shoun Family Association, the 303rd Bomb Group Association is grateful for Ed Miller’s “Labor of Love” and lasting legacy.

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