‘Always Ready’

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It wasn’t until 2000 that an American thanked Harry Miller for his service at a memorial service in Seattle.

“I was very impressed because up until that point, only Europeans had acknowledged it,” said Miller, who served in the Army during World War II and the Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired a senior master sergeant after 22 years of service.

Miller wore a cap at the World War II Memorial that said, “Battle of the Bulge,” an event where he served as a tanker.

Miller met Linda Smith last year at a memorial service in Europe. Linda’s deceased husband was a commander in the same battalion as Miller.

“We’ve been together ever since,” Smith said at the World War II Memorial. “People always tell us they could make a movie out of our story. Harry would be George Clooney. Don’t tell Clooney.”

Miller keeps a patch in his pocket that says “toujours prêt,” or “always ready” in French.

Reporting by Ashley Balcerzak