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

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NABZ

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, 21 September 1836. 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. He died in Philadelphia 04 March 1914, and is buried in that city's Fernwood Cemetery.
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
USS Miller (DD-535)

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


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 960kWartime shot, date and location unknown. It shows ship in a camo measure that looks to be an unfinished Measure 22, The hull is not blue but horizontal surfaces are. Gun mount #1 has a blue gun cover.David Upton
Miller 119kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Miller 165kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Miller 121kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Miller 156kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
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.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo 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. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 98522Fred 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 "United 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. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 98523.Robert Hurst
Miller 84kUSS Miller (DD-535) at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, 24 August 1945. Naval History & Heritage Command 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


The crew at San Diego about the time of her decommissioning in 1945.David Buell
Miller 73kUSS Miller (DD-535) underway soon after she was recommissioned, circa 1951.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 98525
Original: Fred Weiss
Replacement: Robert Hurst
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 81kUSS Miller (DD-535) returns to Newport, Rhode Island, from overseas duty, 1956. In the background are other Atlantic Fleet Destroyer Force ships moored to buoys 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.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 98526
Original: Fred Weiss
Replacement: Robert Hurst
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 112kLate 1950's recruiting poster, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss / Robert Hurst
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 90kCommander 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.
Naval History & Heritage COmmand photo NH 98530
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 122kShips patch.Mike Smolinski / Robert Hurst

USS MILLER DD-535 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

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 Rocque    Jul 1954 - 1955 (Later RADM)

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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