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First Name: James

Last Name: Miller

Birthplace: USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)



Home of Record: OH
Middle Name: A.



Date of Birth:

Date of Death: 17 July 1943

Rank: Corporal

Years Served:
James A. Miller

   
Engagements:
•  World War II (1941 - 1945)

Biography:

James A. Miller
Corporal, U.S. Army

On 17 July 1943, Corporal James A. Miller was serving with the 145th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, U.S. Army in the South Pacific Area.

On that day, CPL Miller’s unit was in action against Japanese forces at New Georgia, Solomon Islands. CPL Miller was stationed as a guard near a supply dump on the beach when it was attacked by a 150-man Japanese raiding party. Although CPL Miller had volunteered for the hazardous duty knowing that it might cost his life, he bravely waited until the enemy was almost upon him before firing a series of bursts at close range. The result was that CPL Miller and 12 other men virtually ambushed the much-larger Japanese force. CPL Miller lost his life during a bitter hand-to-hand encounter while the Japanese were storming his position. CPL Miller’s selfless, courageous actions and extraordinary heroism that day earned him, at the cost of his life, the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Distinguished Service Cross
Purple Heart
Army Good Conduct Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with Arrowhead Pin and Bronze Star
World War II Victory Medal
Combat Infantryman Badge

Distinguished Service Cross Citation (Synopsis)

Corporal James A. Miller (ASN: 35007213), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 145th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 17 July 1943, at New Georgia, Solomon Islands. Corporal Miller and 12 other men out-fought a 150-man Japanese raiding party. Corporal Miller was stationed as a guard near a supply dump on the beach. He had volunteered for the hazardous duty knowing that it might cost his life. He courageously waited until the enemy was almost upon him before firing a series of bursts at close range. The result was a virtual ambush of the hostile forces. Corporal Miller lost his life in a bitter hand-to-hand encounter when the Japanese were storming his position. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 37th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 543 (1943)

Burial

Corporal James A. Miller is buried at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines in Plot A, Row 7, Grave 136.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56765700/james-a-miller



Honoree ID: 152106   Created by: MHOH

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