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Need your help Re: Ray Miller

Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:05 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
A letter in the April 20, 2010, Tomahawk Leader:

(Editor’s Note: Information is sought in this letter about Ray Miller, Tomahawk, or how to locate family members. If anyone has something to share, please contact Kathy Tobin at the Tomahawk Leader at
P.O. Box 345, Tomahawk, WI 54487, phone 453-2151 or email kathy@tomahawkleader.com.)

Dear Kathy,

(I’m seeking) information about St. Christopher’s Chapel, an important historic link from World War II. It was built by 542 Eng Ship & Shore Battalion, U.S. Army in 1943. The area around the chapel was largely a convalescent camp for American troops based around Rockhampton (Australia) and other American units who had been sent back to Rockhampton for a rest period after combat operations. During the peak time of the American occupation, there were over 70,000 American troops stationed in the Rockhampton area.
An annual service has been conducted there since 1955, on or near 4th July each year.

Inscribed on the walls of the chapel, for preservation are the names of nine servicemen who competed in various athletic events on a sports oval near the chapel.

Could your paper assist in tracing Ray Miller, or members of his family, who might like to give any information which can be added to the chapel records?

The inscription reads, Ray Miller Tomahawk, Wis., Football throw.

I have also sent a recent article from our local paper about the chapel. I could supply any other info and photos of the chapel if you would like to do an article.

Hoping for your assistance.
Your Faithfully, 
Brian Morris
Australia

Re: Need your help Re: Ray Miller

Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:59 pm
by Old Scout
I was talking to one of guys from the American Legion and he was telling me he knew his son way back when. I also did a check on Social Security death records and found this.

MILLER, RAYMOND Jul 04, 1908 Oct 01, 1979
Last residence: 54487 (Tomahawk, Lincoln, WI)

I will see if I can come up with anymore information and pass it on.

Re: Need your help Re: Ray Miller

Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:58 pm
by Tomahawk Leader
Heard from our new friend in Australia and we have traced down the family of Ray Miller! Hoping to do an updated story for the June 29 Tomahawk Leader. Kind of fun when people halfway around the world and help each other. Watch for the story; I believe they hold a special celebration on July 4 and that was his focus.
-Kathy Tobin, Editor, Tomahawk Leader