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USS MILLER (DD-535)

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - RABBIT FOOT


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NABZ

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco. August 18 1942.
Launched March 7 1943 and commissioned August 31 1943.
Decommissioned December 19 1945 and recommissioned May 19 1951.
Decommissioned June 30 1964.
Stricken December 1 1974.
Fate Sold July 31 1975 to Boston Metals, Baltimore and broken up for scrap.

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Miller 76kJames Miller was born in Denmark in 1835 or 1836 (sources vary). He served in the Navy during the Civil War, accredited as a Massachusetts resident, and was a member of the crew of USS Marblehead (1862-1865) in 1863. He distinguished himself by continuing to take soundings while under fire during an engagement with Confederate artillery on the Stono River, South Carolina, on 25 December 1863. For his courageous conduct on this occasion, Quartermaster James Miller was awarded the Medal of Honor and promoted to Acting Master's Mate. Photo #: NH 79919. Quartermaster James Miller, USN, halftone image, copied from "Deeds of Valor", Volume II, page 50, published by the Perrien-Keydel Company, Detroit, 1907. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION to the

UNITED STATES SHIP MILLER

for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

"For exceptionally meritorious service in support of military operations on March 19, 1945. Promptly approaching the U.S.S. FRANKLIN after that vessel had been severely damaged by enemy aircraft, the U.S.S. MILLER heroically fought raging fires and put aboard rescue parties despite the serious hazards created by exploding gasoline, bombs and ammunition, in an effort to salvage the crippled carrier and save her stricken crew members. Within easy range of enemy air bases, she kept all guns manned and ready to repel any hostile attacks while repeatedly closing the FRANKLINís flaming sides to pick up isolated groups of wounded and trapped men. The MILLERís valiant achievements in saving many lives and aiding in the safe withdrawal of a valuable fleet unit attest to the professional skill and fearless devotion to duty of her officers and men, and reflects the highest credit upon the United States Naval Service."
All personnel attached to and serving on board the U.S.S. MILLER on March 19, 1945, are authorized to wear the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION Ribbon.

James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy
Miller 82kArtist's conception of the Miller as she appeared after original construction by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Miller 119kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Miller 77kUSS Miller (DD-535) in San Francisco Bay, California, 21 September 1943. Photgraphed from an aircraft based at Alameda Naval Air Station, flying at an altitude of 400 feet (USN Photo No NH 98521).Robert Hurst
Miller 85kThe USS Miller (DD-535) upon completion from the builder on 24 September 1943 a few weeks after commissioning on 31 August 1943. NARA Photo 19-LCM-DD 535 file.Rick E. Davis
Miller 107kUSS Miller (DD-535) alongside USS Independence (CVL-22), while transferring mail, 11 October 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Miller 45kThe USS Miller (DD-535) coming alongside USS Franklin (CV-13) to take-off the carrier's flag officers and their staffs. The USS Hickox (DD-673) later rescued men trapped on the carrier's fantail. Photo from "Untied States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Miller 126kNavy Photo 6284-45, amidships looking aft plan view of USS Miller (DD 535) with USS Owen (DD 536) of the right at Mare Island on 29 Aug 1945. Miller was in overhaul at the yard from 9 July to 1 September 1945.Darryl Baker
Miller 89kUSS Miller (DD-535) at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, 24 August 1945. Official U.S. Navy photographs, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Centre. Photo # NH 98523.Robert Hurst
Miller 84kUSS Miller (DD-535) at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, 24 August 1945. Official U.S. Navy photographs, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Centre. Photo # NH 98524.Robert Hurst
Miller 122kNavy Photo 6286-45, amidships looking forward plan view of USS Miller (DD 535) with USS Owen (DD 536) of the left at Mare Island on 29 Aug 1945.Darryl Baker
Miller 307kUSS Owen (DD 536) with USS Miller (DD 535) outboard and USS Ellet (DD 398) inboard at Mare Island on August 29 1945.Ed Zajkowski
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The crew at San Diego about the time of her decommissioning in 1945.David Buell
Miller 110kUSS Miller (DD-535) underway soon after she was recommissioned, circa 1951. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Miller 170kSeptember 22 1952, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Miller 82kOff Songjin, Korea, circa January 1953.Wayne Schafer
Miller 122kDuring her Korean War deployment, location unknown.Richard Price
Miller 117kUSS Miller (DD-535) returns to Newport, Rhode Island, from overseas duty, 1956. In the background are other Atlantic Fleet Destroyer Force ships moored to bouys in Narrangansett Bay. USS Dortch (DD-670) is in the left center, and USS Hickox (DD-673) is at right. The original print bears the stamped date 20 August 1956. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Miller 58kSouth Boston Naval Annex, 1959© Richard Leonhardt
Miller 143kUSS Miller (DD-535) comes alongside USS Wasp (CVS-18) for a refueling demonstration during the carrier's family day cruise, 16 April 1959. Some of Wasp's crew members and their families are observing the evolution. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Miller 110kLate 1950's recruiting poster., from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Miller 156kUSS Miller (DD-535) underway astern while in a harbor, circa the early 1960s. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Miller 158kUSS Miller (DD-535) underway at sea, circa the early 1960s. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Miller 140kNew York Harbor, August 28 1961© Richard Leonhardt
Miller 90kPhoto #: NH 98530. Commander Thaxter P. Spencer, USNR, Commanding Officer, USS Miller (DD-535), brings his ship into port, as she returns to Boston, Massachusetts, after four months in the Eastern Atlantic on anti-submarine exercises, 21 February 1962. Photograph released by the First Naval District Public Information Office. Note Cdr. Spencer's megaphone and binoculars. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Bill Gonyo
Miller 100kSouth Boston Naval Annex, July 4 1962. Excellent photo of the forward section of the Fletcher, Note Hedgehog Launcher and detail of the forward 5" -38 gun mounts.© Richard Leonhardt
Miller 56kSouth Boston Naval Annex, July 4 1962© Richard Leonhardt
Miller 131kSouth Boston Naval Annex, July 4 1962. Excellent photo of the aft section of the Fletcher, Detailed view of the two aft 5" gun mounts and dual 40 MM AA guns atop the after deckhouse.© Richard Leonhardt
Miller 58kBoston, June 1963© Richard Leonhardt
Miller 45kBoston, June 1963© Richard Leonhardt
Miller 96kPhiladelphia Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility 30 July 1974, (L-R) USS Allen M. Sumner (DD-692), USS Caperton (DD-650), Gatling (DD-671), USS Miller (DD-535), USS Hazelwood (DD-531) and USS Cassin Young (DD-793).
Miller 39kShips patch.Mike Smolinski

USS MILLER DD-535 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Theodore Hertzel Kobey    Aug 31 1943 - Aug 15 1944
LCDR Dwight Lyman Johnson    Aug 15 1944 - Dec 19 1945 (Later RADM)
(Decommissioned Dec 19 1945 - May 19 1951)
CDR Axton Turner Jones    May 19 1951 - Jun 21 1953
CDR Seymour Dombroff    Jun 21 1953 - Jul 1954
CDR Gene Robert La Roque    Jul 1954 - 1955
CDR Harry Carl Allendorfer Jr.    1955 - Sep 1957
CDR James Davis Jenkins    May 1958 - Jul 1959
CDR John Jenks Mitchell    Jul 1959 - Feb 1961

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: LeRoy Klock
Address: 842 Beach Street, Reading, PA 19605
Phone: (610)929-8343
E-mail: None


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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