Nebraskans on the Front Lines
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Nebraska’s National Guard:
Miltonberger Moves Up

Homecoming in Omaha
Homecoming for the 134th in Omaha, June, 1945.
Courtesy Nebraska State Historical Society, RG3558-656

After the Battle of the Bulge in January 1945, Miltonberger was promoted to brigadier general and was assigned assistant division commander of the 35th Division, serving under General Paul Baade. At war’s end in the European theater, General Eisenhower invited Miltonberger to accompany him back to the United States for a victory tour.

Miltonberger was then assigned to special duty with the War Department personnel section. In 1946 President Truman nominated him to be chief of the National Guard Bureau with the rank of major general. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 1, 1946. Miltonberger was forced to retire due to ill health August 1, 1947.

He summed up his greatest accomplishment as head of the National Guard: "It is the civilian soldier who fights and dies. The Guard teaches discipline, which is needed in civil as well as military life — the whole country needs discipline today. Our program reaches into every town, every small community, to make disciplined men better peace-time citizens and better soldiers for war."

After his retirement, Miltonberger returned to his home in North Platte and co-authored a history for the 134th Regiment’s activities in World War II entitled All Hell Can’t Stop Us, the motto for the unit.

After the war was over, members of the 134th moved on.
From the 1991 NET Television program All Hell Can’t Stop Us

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