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Miles Reunion Patch
courtesy of Mike Smolinski

USS Samuel S. Miles (DE 183)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 8 stars - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon w/ 1 star

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 201
Samuel S. Miles (DE 183) Building and Operational Data:
  • 05 July 1943: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 03 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Samuel S. Miles
  • 04 November 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr George B. Coale in command
  • 28 March 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2.4 years of service
  • 12 August 1950: Transferred to France under terms of the Military Defense Program, renamed Arabe (F-717)
  • 26 September 1950: Struck from the NVR
  • Sold for scrapping
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    Samuel S. Miles 7k Samuel Stockton Miles was born on 12 November 1913 in Philadelphia, Pa. He received a B.A. degree from Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., in 1936, and an M.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., in 1940. Dr. Miles was appointed Lieutenant (jg), Medical Corps, USNR, on 16 May 1942. During the American attack upon Tulagi, Solomon Islands, 7 August 1942, Lt.(jg) Miles bravely sought to administer medical treatment in the forward area. While attempting to reach casualties under heavy enemy fire, he was killed by the enemy. For his bravery and dedication, he was awarded the Silver Star.)

    USS Samuel S. Miles (DE 183) (1943-1946) was the first ship named in his honor.

    (Photo from The USS Samuel S. Miles Homepage)
    Bill Gonyo
    Samuel S. Miles 73k undated wartime image -
    Samuel S. Miles 29k undated wartime image Craig Farr
    Samuel S. Miles 47k circa 1953: location unknown Robert Hurst
    Samuel S. Miles 50k June 1955: location unknown, photo source unknown

    Herzog Memorabilia
    Launch Button
    Samuel S. Miles
    Courtesy of Tom Kermen

    View the USS Samuel S. Miles (DE 183) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Samuel S. Miles' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 04 Nov. 1943 - 21 May 1944Cmdr. George B. Coale, USNR (comm.)
    2.) 21 May 1944 - 23 Jul. 1945Lcdr. Henry G. Brousseau, Jr., USNR 
    3.) 23 Jul. 1945 - 05 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Arthur T. Wendells, USNR 
    4.) 05 Nov. 1945 - 28 Mar. 1946Lcdr. Edward A. Marelius, USNR (decomm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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