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First Name: John

Last Name: Miley

Birthplace: Belleville, IL, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: David

Date of Birth: 19 August 1862

Date of Death: 19 September 1899

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Years Served:
John David Miley

•  Spanish-American War (1898)
•  Philippine-American War (1899 - 1902)


John David Miley
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Volunteers

John David Miley was born on 19 August 1862 in Belleville, IL.

Miley graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1887 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant with the 5th Artillery Regiment. With the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in 1898, he was assigned as Aide-de-Camp to Major General William R. Shafter, Commander of the American Expedition to Cuba. Highly trusted by Shafter, when the General fell ill on 1 July, Lieutenant Miley was assigned to coordinate the attack upon San Juan Hill in his place and would ultimately be the one who gave the order that led to the famed charge of Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders. A few days later, he served as one of the commissioners who negotiated the Spanish surrender of Santiago on 17 July. He later published a book about the war in Cuba in 1899 entitled "In Cuba with Shafter."

After the war, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and in October 1898, was assigned as Inspector General of the Department of the East. In January 1899, he was sent to the Philippines where he was assigned as Inspector General of Volunteers on the staff of Major General Elwell Otis, and later was also pointed Collector of Customs at Manila. He held both posts until his sudden death at the age of 37 from illness.


In 1900, Fort Miley in San Francisco was named in his honor.

Death and Burial

Lieutenant Colonel John David Miley died on 19 September 1899. He is buried at San Francisco National Cemetery in San Francisco, CA.

Honoree ID: 2865   Created by: MHOH




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