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USS Miller (DE 1091)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - D - I - K
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2)
Second Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon

"Courage - Devotion"
Class: Knox
Type: SCB No. 199C / 1964
Number in Class: 46
Displacement: 3020 tons (std), 4065 tons (full)
Length: 415' (wl), 438' (oa)
Beam: 46' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Combustion Engineering 1200psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 16 / 211
Missiles: 1 8-tube Mk25 Sea Sparrow BPDMS in DE 1052-1069, 1071-1083, 1 8-tube Mk29 NATO Sea Sparrow IPDMS in DE 1070, Harpoon missiles from modified ASROC launcher
Guns: 1 x 5"/54 cal. DP Mk 42 (600 rds)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk16 ASROC launcher (16 missiles), 4-12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 (4x1 fixed) tubes / Mk 46 torpedos (6)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air), AN/SPS-58 threat warning in some ships
Sonars: AN/SQS-26CX, AN/SQS-35 IVDS in FF-1052, 1056, 1063-1071, 1073-1076, 1078-1097
Fire Control Systems: Mk68 Mod. 11/13/14 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 14/16 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Miller (DE 1091) Building and Operational Data:
  • 25 August 1966: Building contract awarded to Avondale Shipyards, Inc.
  • 06 August 1971: Keel laid at the Avondale Shipyards, Inc., Westwego, La.
  • 03 June 1972: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Henrietta Miller, mother of the late PO3 Miller
  • 30 June 1973: Commissioned at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va., Cmdr. Lynn P. Blasch in command, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 2 at Norfolk, Va.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1091)
  • 16 April 1980: Homeport assignment changed to Newport, R.I. as a unit of Naval Surface Group 4
  • 16 January 1982: Assigned to the Naval Reserve Force, Atlantic, at Newport, R.I.
  • 15 October 1991: Decommissioned at Newport, R.I. after 18 years and 3 months of service
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
  • 31 December 1998: Grant aid to Turkey as a spare parts hulk
  • June 2001: hulk sunk during a Turkish Naval excercise
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    45k Doris ("Dorie") Miller was born on 12 October 1919 in Waco, Texas and enlisted in the Navy in September 1939 as a Mess Attendant Third Class. On 07 December 1941, while serving aboard USS West Virginia (BB 48), he distinguished himself with courageous conduct and devotion to duty during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions on this occasion.

    Doris Miller served aboard USS Indianapolis (CA 35) from December 1941 to May 1943. He was then assigned to the escort carrier Liscome Bay (CVE 56). Cook Third Class Miller was lost with that ship when she was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine on 24 November 1943, during the invasion of the Gilbert Islands.

    USS Miller (DE 1091) (1973-1991) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-408456 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    122k 03 June 1972: Westwego, La. - The launch of the future U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Miller (DE 1091) at Avondale Shipyard, Westwego, Louisiana.

    (U.S. Navy All Hands Magazine, February 1973, p. 13.)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    262k 27 November 1973: Cape Henry, Va. - Port view of USS Miller (DE 1091) passing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

    (U.S. Navy photo, National Archives #K-101952)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    440k 20 May 1974: Cape Henry, Va. - Starboard bow view of Miller underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo, National Archives #K-103414)
    70k May 1976: in the Mediterranean Sea - Port bow close-up view of Miller underway.

    (Photos © Richard Leonhardt)
    Richard Leonhardt
    Bethlehem, Pa.
    169k circa 1978: Norfolk, Va. - Miller tied up outboard of the destroyer USS Peterson (DD 969) at Naval Station Norfolk.

    (Photo © Karsten Peterson, Karsten is a retired merchant seaman with an excellent website called Sailor, On the Blue Path of the World)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    151k 29 June 1981: The U.S. 6th Fleet flagship, destroyer tender USS Puget Sound (AD 38), tends the guided missile cruiser USS Wainwright (CG 28), the destroyer USS Thorn (DD 988) and the frigate Miller during a 12-day upkeep period.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-02161 by PH1 Douglas P. Tesner from the Defense Visual Information Center)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    **Connole / Miller**
    108k 01 September 1982: Naval Station Newport, R.I. - Stern view of the frigates USS Connole (FF 1056) and Miller moored side-by-side in port.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-01228 by PH1 Paul J. Salesi from the DVIC)
    222k 01 February 1991: A port beam view of Miller underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-05244 from the DVIC)
    ***Blakely / Miller***
    180k 02 August 1994: Philadelphia, Pa. - A photo of Miller, moored at NISMF Philadelphia, outboard of Paul (DE 1080) and Blakely (DE 1072). The submarine outboard of Miller is Trout (SS 566).

    (Photo by Gilbert Gyssels)
    Gilbert Gyssels

    Miller Memorabilia
    Ship's Emblem
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Ship's Belt
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    NRF Transfer
    Ceremony Booklet
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    Miller History
    View the USS Miller (DE 1091) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Miller's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)   30 Jun. 1973 - 26 Jul. 1974Cmdr. Lynn P. Blasch (OCS '58) (Kenosha, Wis.)
    2.)   26 Jul. 1974 - 31 May 1976Cmdr. Franklin Donald Julian (prior enl.)
    3.)   31 May 1976 - 05 May 1978Cmdr. Robert Victor Gamba (USNA '60) (White Sulphur Springs, W.V.)
    4.)   05 May 1978 - 28 May 1980Cmdr. Vernon Lamar Van Brackle (USNA '62) (Adel, Ga.)
    5.)   28 May 1980 - 01 Jul. 1982Cmdr. Joseph Peter Marnane (OCS '61) (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
    6.)   01 Jul. 1982 - 20 Jul. 1984Cmdr. Frank Louis Yusi (OCS '65) (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
    7.)   20 Jul. 1984 - 13 Dec. 1986Cmdr. William A. Coleman (OCS '65) (Johnson City, Tenn.)
    8.)   13 Dec. 1986 - 17 Feb. 1989Cmdr. Ralph Frederick Renzelman Jr.
    9.)   17 Feb. 1989 - 24 Feb. 1991Cmdr. John Richard Seeley Jr.
    10.) 24 Feb. 1991 - 15 Oct. 1991Cmdr. Michael C. West

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact: Mike Houck
    Phone: (419) 618-2174
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