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First Name: Harry

Last Name: Miller

Birthplace: Noel Shore, NS, CAN

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)

Rating: Quartermaster Petty Officer 3rd Class

Home of Record: MA
Middle Name: Herbert

Date of Birth: 04 May 1879

Date of Death: 12 March 1968

Rank or Rate: Petty Officer Third Class

Years Served:
Harry Herbert Miller

•  Spanish-American War (1898)


Harry Herbert Miller

Quartermaster Third Class, U.S. Navy

Medal of Honor Recipient

Spanish-American War

Quartermaster Third Class Harry Herbert Miller (4 May 1879 - 12 March 1968) was a U.S. Navy sailor who received the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during the Spanish-American War.

Harry Miller was born 4 May 1879 in Noel Shore, Nova Scotia, Canada. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy from the state of Massachusetts and served during the Spanish-American War on board USS Nashville (PG-7) (Gunboat #7).

On 11 May 1898, he was one of several men who took part in a boat expedition that cut the underwater telegraph cable off Cienfuegos, Cuba. For his actions, Miller was awarded the Medal of Honor. His brother, Willard Miller, also participated in the battle and was awarded the Medal of Honor, making the two men one of only eight pairs of brothers to have received the medal.

He attained the rank of Quartermaster Third Class before leaving the service.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy

Place and date: Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Nashville, during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Miller displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.

He eventually moved to Costa Rica, where he died at the age of 88.

Honoree ID: 1920   Created by: MHOH




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