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|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)
|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)
|68k||undated wartime image||David Buell|
(These two photos courtesy of Chris Wright)
|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. 1944||Lcdr. James William Whaley, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA ‘35) (Washington, D.C.)|
|2.) 03 Dec. 1944 – 25 Dec. 1944||Lcdr. Theodore K. Jackson Jr., USNR|
|3.) 25 Dec. 1944 - .. Nov. 1945||Lcdr. Vermont Connecticut Royster, USNR (Raleigh, N.C.)|
|4.) .. Nov. 1945 - .. Dec. 1945||Lt. William H. Maxwell, USNR|
|5.) .. Dec. 1945 – 01 Jun. 1946||Lt. Merland W. Grieb, USNR|
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