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USS Jack Miller (DE 410)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - H - C
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - WWII Victory Medal

Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Jack Miller (DE 410) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 November 1943: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 10 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Henry S. Miller, mother of Lt. Miller
  • 13 April 1944: Commissioned at the Tennessee Coal and Iron Co. Dock in Houston, Lcdr. J. W. Whaley in command
  • 01 June 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 1½ months of service
  • 16 October 1946: Inactivation completed at San Diego, Cal., assigned to Submarine Group Two, San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 30 June 1968: Struck from the NVR
  • July 1969: Sold for scrapping
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    Jack Miller
    18k Jack Miller, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry S. Miller, was born in Dallas, Texas on 02 April 1920. He attended Southern Methodist University, where he served as captain of the swim team, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Commerce. Three weeks before graduation, Miller signed up to join the Marine Corps Reserve, serving as a Second Lieutenant from 19 May to 31 October 1941. Reporting for active duty he was commissioned First Lieutenant, USMC, at Quantico, Va., 01 November 1941. He then volunteered for "Carlson's Raiders" and went to the Pacific.

    As a platoon leader in Company A, Second Raider Battalion. He participated in the “Long Patrol” on Guadalcanal from 25 November to 03 December 1942. On 03 December, Miller’s company scaled to the top of Mount Mombula (or Mount Austen) and discovered a network of Japanese fortifications. As commanding officer of the platoon which had the point in the attack, he daringly led a flank attack on a strong enemy combat patrol engaged by his battalion. Realizing the advance of his platoon was being held up by hostile machine gun fire, he dauntlessly led the assault on the Japanese gun position. While leading his platoon through a thickly wooded draw, Miller was shot in the chest and face by a Japanese soldier. He died the following day and was buried beside the trail leading down the mountain, but the location was subsequently lost. Lt. Miller was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. His remains, if recovered, have not been identified. He is memorialized at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines.

    USS Jack Miller (DE 410) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the Find A Grave)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    Jack Miller 128k 10 January 1944: Houston, Tex. - The future USS Jack Miller (DE 410) being sidelaunched at the Brown Shipbuilding Company.

    (Photo courtesy of Rice Digital Scholarship Archive)
    Jack Miller 68k undated wartime image David Buell
    Jack Miller 406k undated

    (These two photos courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    Jack Miller 264k
    Jack Miller 19k after the typhoon in 1944 at Okinawa Roland R. Morin DC2

    Jack Miller History
    View the USS Jack Miller (DE 410) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Jack Miller as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Jack Miller's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 13 Apr. 1944 – 03 Dec. 1944Lcdr. James William Whaley, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA ‘35) (Washington, D.C.)
    2.) 03 Dec. 1944 – 25 Dec. 1944Lcdr. Theodore K. Jackson Jr., USNR
    3.) 25 Dec. 1944 - .. Nov. 1945Lcdr. Vermont Connecticut Royster, USNR (Raleigh, N.C.)
    4.) .. Nov. 1945 - .. Dec. 1945Lt. William H. Maxwell, USNR
    5.) .. Dec. 1945 – 01 Jun. 1946Lt. Merland W. Grieb, USNR

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name:Rudy M. Florentine
    Address: 126 North Avalon Avenue
    City/State: Ventnor City NJ 08406-2117
    Phone: (609) 822-9714 / Fax (609) 487-8464
    E-mail: rudy57 at /
    rnflorentine at /
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