WWII Seaman Brings History Alive at Westwood School


Millerclose3When Westwood Elementary preschool teacher Annie Miceli noticed an elderly man wearing a USS Cincinnati cap in the Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris last June, she sensed a connection.

What she could not have foretold was that the chance sighting would lead, some eight months later, to a firsthand account of history delivered by former World War II Seaman Vernon “Moon” Miller to sixth graders at her school.

On March 20, Miller, a spry 88-year-old living in Dayton, Ohio, spoke to a rapt student audience about his experiences on the USS Cincinnati, a light US Navy cruiser that served as escort flagship guarding convoys of men and equipment in the Atlantic Ocean during the run-up to the D-Day invasion of Normandy.