Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1914-1918
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: Aviation Section, Signal Reserve Corps, 481st Aero Construction Squadron, 356th Infantry Regiment
  • Location of Service: Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana; Camp Funston, Kansas; La Havre, France
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant

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“The one big thing is to get there and do our little part whatever it may be.” (Letter to brother, March 2, 1918)

A native of Indiana, Ewing Harry Miller was pursuing a promising career in architecture when World War I interrupted his plans. Commissioned as a First Lieutenant in late November 1917, he departed for France in March 1918, where he served first with the 481st Aero Construction Squadron and later trained as an aerial observer (an aircrew member in charge of reconnaissance). Though Miller took his military responsibilities seriously, it is clear from his letters that his fascination with architecture never waned throughout his time in France, and after the Armistice he successfully petitioned to return to the States to join the family architecture firm. Sadly, Miller’s career was cut short when he died of appendicitis just a few years after his return home.

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More Resources

[ Official orders [9/1918] ]
[ Transfer order [9/2/1918] ]
[ Official pass [9/1918] ]
[ Transfer request [9/2/1918] ]
[ Appointment as 1st Lt. ]
[ Telegram annoucing Miller's appointment as 1st Lt. ]

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[ Confirmation of telegram accepting appointment ]
[ Pass to be on the streets of St. Maixent and vicinity [9/17/1918] ]
[ Travel orders [9/9/1918] ]
[ Assignment to the Flying Officers' School [9/16/1918] ]
[ Engineering qualifications [9/4/1919] ]
[ List of tools lost in service [9/11/1919] ]
[ Appointment of Miller to 1st Lt., Aviation Section, Signal Reserve Corps. ]
[ Assignment to Co. B, 538th Engineers [1/1/1919] ]
[ Receipt for items turned in for salvage [3/31/1919] ]
[ Certification of surplus equipment [3/31/1919] ]
[ Pass from Camp Abraham Lincoln [5/1919] ]
[ Letter requesting Miller's return to the United States due to business interests back home [6/6/1919] ]
[ Pass from Camp Abraham Lincoln [6/1919] ]
[ One day pass [9/8/1918] ]
[ Honorable Discharge and Military Record [8/8/1919] ]
[ Service record copy [4/12/1932] ]
[ Menu for a squadron celebration [9/8/1918] ]
[ Receipt for items turned in to the supply office [4/5/1919] ]
[ Receipt for items returned to the supply office [3/25/1919] ]
[ Postcard depicting the aftermath of the battle of Amiens in August 1918 ]
[ Postcard depicting the aftermath of the battle of Amiens in August 1918 ]
[ Letter to his brother Warren from Ewing Miller, dated only "Saturday" ]
[ Letter to his brother Warren from Ewing Miller [9/11/1917] ]
[ Letter to his brother Warren and Martha from Ewing Miller [10/1/1917] ]
[ Letter to his brother Warren from Ewing Miller [10/27/1917] ]
[ Letter from Ewing Miller to his brother Warren [11/9/1917] ]
[ Letter to his brother Warren from Ewing Miller [11/11/1917] ]
[ Letter to father from Ewing Miller [11/14/1917] ]
[ Letter to his brother Warren from Ewing Miller [12/1/1917] ]
[ Letter to his brother Warren from Ewing Miller [12/18/1917] ]
[ Letter to his brother Warren from Ewing Miller [12/31/1917] ]
[ Letter to his brother Warren from Ewing Miller [1/2/1918] ]
[ Letter to his brother Warren from Ewing Miller [3/2/1918] ]
[ Postcard to "Cuz" [?], Miss Edna Stinson from Ewing Miller [4/26/1918] ]
[ Letter to his brother Warren from Ewing Miller [7/7/1918] ]
[ Postcard addressed to Martha from Ewing Miller, depicting a fireplace at the Palais Jacques-Coeur in Bourges, France ]
[ Letter to his brother Warren from Ewing Miller [8/14/1918] ]
[ Letter to his brother Warren from Ewing Miller [9/8/1918] ]
[ Postcard to father from Ewing Miller [9/26/1918] ]
[ Letter to his brother Warren from Ewing Miller [10/18/1918] ]
[ Letter to his brother Warren from Ewing Miller [11/7/1918] ]
[ Letter to his brother Warren and sister-in-law Martha from Ewing Miller [11/28/1918] ]
[ Letter to his brother Warren from Ewing Miller [1/1/1919] ]
[ Letter to his brother Warren and Mac Johnson, addressed to the architectural firm, from Ewing Miller [1/24/1919] ]
[ Letter to his brother Warren from Ewing Miller [2/10/1919]. Stamps on the letter urge Frenchmen never to forget what the Germans did to France during the war. ]
[ Typewritten letter to his brother Warren from Ewing Miller [3/13/1919] ]
[ Letter to his brother Warren, written on Red Cross Stationary, from Ewing Miller [6/3/1919] ]
[ World War I diary of Ewing H. Miller (1917-1918) ]
[ Obituary for Ewing H. Miller [7/1923] ]
[ Parody of the Lord's Prayer by unknown author ]
[ Program for the Folies Bergere du Havre ]
[ Handwritten note listing "Tools on hand." ]
[ Receipt for a refund on mess account [6/30/1919] ]
[ Wallet card, "Life is a funny proposition." ]
[ Newsclipping depicting a group of American Expeditionary Forces soldiers standing around, Ewing H. Miller I. possibly the man with mustache third from left ]

About this Item

Title

  • Ewing Harry Miller Collection

Names

  • Miller, Ewing
  • Miller, Ewing Harry

State of Birth

  • IN

Home State

  • IN

Headings

  • -  Miller, Ewing Harry
  • -  World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • White

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1914-1918

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: Aviation Section, Signal Reserve Corps, 481st Aero Construction Squadron, 356th Infantry Regiment
    • Location of Service: Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana; Camp Funston, Kansas; La Havre, France
    • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
    • Dates of Service: 1917-1919
    • Prisoner of War: No
    • Entrance into Service: Commissioned
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Creative works [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [19 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1918 - 1919)
  • Manuscript: Printed matter [6 items] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 1918 - 1919)
  • Manuscript: Correspondence [27 items] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 1917 - 1919)
  • Manuscript: Diaries and journals [1 item] -- Handwritten document (collected 1917 - 1918)
  • Photograph: Original photographic print [14 items] -- Photograph (collected 1917 - 1918)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [2 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1923)
  • Manuscript: Periodicals [2 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 06/1919)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/104012

Cite as

  • Ewing Harry Miller Collection (AFC/2001/001/104012), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

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Additional Metadata Formats

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Citing VHP Materials

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Miller, Ewing, and Ewing Harry Miller. Ewing Harry Miller Collection. 1917. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.104012/.

APA citation style:

Miller, E. & Miller, E. H. (1917) Ewing Harry Miller Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.104012/.

MLA citation style:

Miller, Ewing, and Ewing Harry Miller. Ewing Harry Miller Collection. 1917. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.104012/>.