In Memory of
U.S. Army Corporal Ethan, South Dakota
Davison County

October 24, 1926--June 27, 1951
Killed in Action in Korea


Willard John Miiller was born in Ethan, South Dakota, on October 24, 1926, to Mr. John M. and Mrs. Katherine Miiller. Willard had two brothers: Norbert and Clarence. Willard also had one sister, Marie. Before he entered the service, Willard farmed.

Willard entered the U.S Army on September 22, 1950. Willard was a part of the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. Corporal Willard John Miiller was killed in action while fighting the enemy on June 27, 1951, in North Korea. He was 25 years old. His body was later returned to the United States, arriving by railroad in Mitchell on December 29, 1951. He was buried with military honors at the Emsley Cemetery in Ethan on January 2, 1952.

Corporal Willard John Miiller was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

Willard Miiller was the only casualty from Ethan in the Korean War.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Chantelle Rae Janke, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on July 19, 2004. The American Battle Monuments Commission, the South Dakota Guard Museum, and the Ethan Enterprise, August 24, 1951, and January 4, 1952, issues provided information for this entry. Approved by Norbert Miiller, brother.