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An Airman's Story: Major Glenn Miller

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Born on March 1, 1904,  in Clarinda, Iowa, Glenn Miller and his family relocated to Grant City, Missouri, while he was young.  

It was here, that Major Miller picked up his first trombone, which he had earned the money for by milking cows.  

His family moved again, to Fort Morgan, Colorado, where he attended high school and played for the football team, winning the 1920 Northern Colorado American Football Conference.

It was in high school that  Major Miller also discovered his love for dance band music, and, by high school graduation, had decided to make his living as a professional musician.

In his early career, Glenn Miller played freelance, working with dance bands and clubs, with occasional appearances in Broadway orchestra pits, but, with the formation of the Glenn Miller Band, and it's unique saxophone arrangements that his career took off, earning him a record contract at Blue Bird records and regular performances, including two motion pictures.  

Although past the age of draft requirement, and too old for combat training, Glenn Miller enlisted in the Army Air Services (later renamed as the Air Force) in 1942.  He was assigned to Special Services and traveled for troop entertainment and moral.  

On December 14, 1944, while flying from Clapham UK to Paris France, his plane, a US-64 disappeared over the English Channel.