F’ville resident, WWII vet Miller honored on 95th birthday

Fayetteville City Council members Harlan Shirley, Rich Hoffman, Scott Stacy, and Paul Oddo presented Fayetteville resident and World War II veteran Willie Miller (seated) proclamation celebrating his life and thanking him for his service to the United States of America.

Special to Fayette Newspapers

Fayetteville resident and World War II veteran Willie Miller was honored August 24 at Veterans Park on the occasion of his 95th birthday.

Fayetteville City Council members Harlan Shirley, Rich Hoffman, Scott Stacy, and Paul Oddo presented Miller with a proclamation celebrating his life and thanking him for his service to the United States of America.

Miller was a Marine Corps Master Sergeant in World War II as well as the Korean and Vietnam wars. He served from 1943 to 1968. He is believed to be the last surviving black Marine Master Sergeant from WWII.

The ceremony, which was a surprise to Miller, was coordinated by staff at Gardens of Fayetteville with assistance from Veterans of Foreign Wars, Marine Corps League, and the City of Fayetteville.

The Sgt Clyde Thomason Medal of Honor Detachment of the Marine Corps League presented an Honorary Membership certificate to Miller.

Miller was presented an American flag. Gazing upon the flag in his hands, he said, “There’s nothing like this anywhere you go in the world.”

Representing the Sgt Clyde Thomason Medal of Honor Detachment of the Marine Corps League, Jim Renfro, John Sones, Commandant David Epps, Kenn Young, and Mike Foran presented an Honorary Membership certificate to Miller.

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