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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 7 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)
|79k||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)||-|
|109k||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|
|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)||Robert Hurst|
|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)||Navsource|
|108k||1 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||1 February 1991: A port beam view of Miller underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-05244 from the DVIC)|
|180k||2 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's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 30 Jun. 1973 - 26 Jul. 1974||Cmdr. Lynn P. Blasch|
|2.) 26 Jul. 1974 - 31 May 1976||Cmdr. Franklin Donald Julian|
|3.) 31 May 1976 - 05 May 1978||Cmdr. Robert Victor Gamba|
|4.) 05 May 1978 - 28 May 1980||Cmdr. Vernon Lamar Van Brackle|
|5.) 28 May 1980 - 01 Jul. 1982||Cmdr. Joseph Peter Marnane|
|6.) 01 Jul. 1982 - 20 Jul. 1984||Cmdr. Frank Louis Yusi|
|7.) 20 Jul. 1984 - 13 Dec. 1986||Cmdr. William A. Coleman|
|8.) 13 Dec. 1986 - 17 Feb. 1989||Cmdr. Ralph Frederick Renzelman, Jr.|
|9.) 17 Feb. 1989 - 24 Feb. 1991||Cmdr. John Richard Seeley, Jr.|
|10.) 24 Feb. 1991 - 15 Oct. 1991||Cmdr. Michael C. West|
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