Heroes of Hosingen profile #4:
Cpl. Sam Miller, B Co., 103rd Engineer Battalion, 28th Inf. Div. was assigned to defend his unit with a 30-caliber Browning Automatic Rifle in their support of the 110th Inf. Regt. Shortly after the initial artillery bombardment ended on 16Dec. 1944, the Engineers joined K Company in the defense of Hosingen and Miller's squad moved to defend the SW corner of the village, moving into Capt. Jarrett's dairy command post after Hotel Schmitz was destroyed by artillery fire.
After their surrender on the third day, the POW's were marched into an open field. Miller buried his dog tags shortly after surrender and his fellow soldiers told him not to tell anyone he was Jewish. Despite repeated attempts and threats of personal harm by the Germans wanting to identify any Jews, his buddies kept his secret, probably saving his life.
Miller was sent to Stalag IXB at Bad Orb, then relocated to Stalag IXA at Ziegenhain with over 1200 other non-commissioned officers on 25 Jan 1945.They suffered greatly at the hands of a sadistic guard until their liberation. On 1 April 1945, an artillery spy plane flew over the camp so the prisoners removed their shirts and spelled out "American POWs". The next day the U.S. 6th Armored Division liberated the 5000 prisoners held at the camp, 1271 of which were Americans. Miller lost 55 lbs. during his four months in captivity, only weighing 118 lbs. when rescued.
Miller returned stateside on 5 May 1945. The Red Cross greeted the ship, selling coffee and doughnuts for $0.25, as if nothing had ever happened. #wwii #wwiihistory #wwiihistorybuff #ww2museum #28thinfantry #28thinfantrydivision #battleofthebulge #bastogne #bastognewarmuseum #hosingen #103rdengineers #110infantryregiment #wwiiveteransmemorial #wwiiveteran #wwiiveterans #heroesofhosingen #nationalmuseumofmilitaryhistory #remember # #ardennes #lestweforget