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OH023 Buster Miller Oral History

Buster Miller Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project - World War I

Series Number: OH023

Interviewee: Miller, Buster 1896-

Interviewer: Bill Peyton

Date interviewed: September 10, 1979

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: February 3, 2010

Description: 1 sound disc (39 minutes)

Abstract: Buster Miller discusses his activities before, during and after the First World War. Before the war, he worked for his father in the cotton industry. He describes his training and assignments, the military bases he trained at and being transported overseas to Brest, France. He reflects upon the treatment of black soldiers and his recollections of a typical day in the armed services. He also recalls the time he spent in Germany. After the war, he returned home on the H.M.C.S. St. Claire. He mentioned how he was treated following his returned home, his employment prospects and family life. In closing, he discusses his church affiliation and his pension from the United States government.

Biographical / Historical note: Buster Miller was born in Milliton, Tennessee. He was drafted into the United States Army and was assigned to Company D of the 35th Engineer Service. He was first sent to Camp Doniphan then to New York. He sailed on a transport in a large convoy to Brest, France. Miller returned home on the H.M.C.S. St. Claire and discharged at Camp Shelby in Mississippi.

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Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Milliton, Tennessee

35th Engineer Service

Camp Doniphan

Brest, France


H.M.C.S. St. Claire

Camp Shelby, Mississippi

Research Notes:Index included with oral history.