Holocaust liberator, retired Army Colonel Bill Miller, as he was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

COLUMBUS—State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) today announced the induction of retired Army Colonel Bill Miller of Fairlawn into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame during a ceremony hosted by the Ohio Department of Veteran Services.

Miller’s induction has special meaning for LaRose who earned his Eagle Scout under Miller’s mentorship and guidance.

"Like so many in the greater Akron community, I'm humbled to call Colonel Miller a longtime friend and mentor," said LaRose. "From playing a heroic role in liberating Holocaust victims to faithfully serving our community for decades, his life is a model of selflessness and determination."

Miller enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 as an undergraduate student at the University of Akron. While serving in the European Theater of operations in April 1945, he stormed the beach of Normandy on D-Day and led a small unit to liberate a concentration camp in the Buchenwald prison system. Miller was decorated for valor and received a Purple Heart for his service.
Upon returning home from war, Miller finished his bachelor's degree and earned J.D. and L.L.B. degrees from Case Western Reserve School of Law. In 1958 he began a career in business as a life underwriter with the John Hancock Insurance Company.

"I was honored to attend Colonel Bill Miller’s induction ceremony. He honorably served our country in uniform and continued his devotion to service upon returning to Ohio as a civilian," added LaRose.
Miller has played an active leadership role in the greater Akron community for the past 70 years, serving as president of the Fairlawn Chamber of Commerce, Scoutmaster of Troop 380 in Montrose, president of the Optimist Club of Akron, member of the Akron Rotary and a leader in a number of other local clubs and organizations.
Established in 1992, the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame recognizes the post-military achievements of veterans after their service in the Armed Forces. Past honorees include astronauts, government officials, police officers, community leaders and advocates for Ohio's veterans.

Today’s induction ceremony can be viewed at http://www.ohiochannel.org/video/ohio-veterans-hall-of-fame-induction-ceremony-11-03-2016?6.

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