More About the Otterbein Sixteen

The WWII generation is often referred to as the Greatest Generation and I certainly believe that to be true. Those from that generation were smart, hard-working, good, brave, patriotic citizens who put their love of country and freedom before themselves.

One Day in My Life-A Story of WWII, by Paul & Lowell Sell

Today, on the eve of Veterans Day, I am pleased to share this WWII story about a local WWII soldier, Sgt. Lowell Sell. A big thank you to Dr. Jerry and Connie Sell for sharing this story that involved Jerry’s uncle Lowell Sell in January 1945, shortly after Lowell arrived in France to begin his service in the war.

Tombstone Tuesday-Pvt. Edgar F. Schumm

This is the tombstone of Edgar F. Schumm, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

PVT. Edgar F. Schumm
Died in battle at Montigny,

1943 U.S. Army Map of Nürnberg

Last week I shared my dad, Herbert Miller’s account of his arrival at Liverpool by ship in 1944, just before he sailed across the English Channel to France. Soon after he entered the Battle of the Bulge.

I am fortunate that my dad and his family saved many of the letters that he sent home during his WWII service in Europe. Another item they saved is this 1943 Nürnberg map.

Pfc. Herb Miller Arrives in Liverpool, 1944

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Victory over Europe (V-E Day) was 8 May 1945 and Victory over Japan (V-J Day) was 15 August 1945. My dad, Herbert Miller, was a patriotic America and wanted to do his part to assist the war effort, so at age 18 he volunteered for the draft in the spring of 1944, while he was a senior at Willshire High School.