WWII vet­eran from Ch­ester County dances into his sec­ond cen­tury.

Al Miller, a World War II vet­eran, re­cently turned 101

The Phoenix - - FRONT PAGE - By Bill Ret­tew bret­tew@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @wc­dai­ly­lo­cal on Twit­ter

WEST CH­ESTER >> 101-yearold Al Miller has still got it with the ladies.

The World War II vet­eran of the China-Bur­maIn­dia The­ater, in the South Pa­cific, still dances the fox­trot, waltz, jit­ter­bug and tango.

“I’m just a nor­mal guy who is 101 go­ing on 102,” Miller said with a sly smile from be­neath a full head of hair. “It’s only a num­ber.”

On Tues­day, sev­eral mem­bers of West Ch­ester Amer­i­can Le­gion Post #134 threw a be­lated birth­day bash for Miller whose birth­day was in June, at the West Ch­ester Area Se­nior Cen­ter.

The staff sergeant and mil­i­tary po­lice of­fi­cer in the U.S. Army In­fantry cut the birth­day cake and talked about some­day again rid­ing a Harley-David­son mo­tor­cy­cle like he did in the South Pa­cific.

The man who grew up on a farm in Malvern, at­trib­uted his reach­ing the cen­tury mark to more than 70 years of veg­etable gar­den­ing at his West Ch­ester home, and golf­ing.

Miller worked at Gen­eral Mo­tors for 15 years and served in 1942, 1943, 1944 and 1945.

When 67-year-old son Stephen Miller noted that dad was get­ting old, his fa­ther didn’t miss a beat and said, “Thank­fully, they re­mem­ber me.”

“We have never for­got­ten what you folks have done for us,” Stephen Miller said, about his fa­ther’s con­tri­bu­tion.

Stephen’s mother and Al’s wife re­cently passed at age 96.

“There might be hope for me, longevity runs in the fam­ily,” quipped Stephen Miller.

Bren­dan J. Mur­phy is re­tired U.S. Navy and com­man­der of the West Ch­ester Amer­i­can Le­gion.

“These men and women came from a dif­fer­ent era,” he said. “We rely on tech­nol­ogy to­day for a lot of our power.

“World War II power was a lot more me­chan­i­cal, with no com­put­ers. It was a lot sim­pler and more dan­ger­ous then, and came down to brav­ery.”

Le­gion vice com­man­der John Do­ran said all veter­ans are “broth­ers in arms,” and Lau­ren Meiswinkel, chap­lain, said that “the Le­gion never for­gets men who served in a the­ater very rarely known.”

BILL RET­TEW - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Veter­ans help cel­e­brate 101-year-old Al Miller’s birth­day.

BILL RET­TEW - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Vet­eran Al Miller re­mem­bers World War II.

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