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Harry Zellner Miller Papers, 1940-1991

(Manuscript Collection #848)

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Title: Harry Zellner Miller Papers
Creator: Miller, Harry Zellner
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1941-1991) including U. S. Navy service records, citations, correspondence, personnel and retirement records, photographs and printed materials pertaining to the U. S. Naval Academy Class of 1941, USS NORTH CAROLINA (BB-55), Transport Divisions 14 and 10, USS SAVANNAH (CL-42), USS MISSISSIPPI (AG-128), USS OREGON CITY (CA-123), USS LEWIS HANCOCK (DD-675), USS HUSE (DE-145), USS BROWNSON (DD-868), Carrier Division 14, 17th Naval District, Kodiak, AK, and the First Naval District Intelligence Office, Boston.
Extent: 0.4 Cubic feet, 2 boxes.

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Accessions Information

February 13, 2002 1 container, 0.25 cubic feet; U. S. Navy service records (1940-1991), including citations, correspondence, personnel and retirement records, photographs and printed materials pertaining to the U. S. Naval Academy Class of 1941, USS North Carolina (BB-55), Transport Divisions 14 and 10, USS Savannah (CL-42), USS Mississippi (AG-128), USS Oregon City (CA-123), USS Lewis Hancock (DD-675), USS Huse (DE-145), USS Brownson (DD-868), Carrier Division 14, 17th Naval District, Kodiak, AK, and the First Naval District Intelligence Office, Boston, (0.25 cubic feet). Donor: Capt. Harry Zellner Miller.

June 5, 2002 (addition 1), 1 container, 0.01 cubic feet, 21 pages; Papers (1950-1970), including correspondence, documents, maps, photographs, relating to his service in the US Navy. See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Capt. Harry Zellner Miller.

August 19, 2002 (addition 2), 1 container, 0.25 cubic feet, 60 pages; Papers (1943-1991), including Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon citation, correspondence, photographs and printed materials pertaining to his naval career, USS NORTH CAROLINA (BB-55), Transport Division 14, USS SAVANNAH (CL-42), USS LEWIS HANCOCK (DD-675), USS BROWNSON (DD-868), 14, 17th Naval District, Kodiak, AK, and the First Naval District Intelligence Office, Boston. See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Capt. Harry Zellner Miller.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Harry Zellner Miller Papers (#848), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Capt. Harry Zellner Miller

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

  • Processed by: Jason Kokinda May 2004 Dale Sauter 2009


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Miller was born on August 12, 1920 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He later married the former Kathleen Coles of Newport, R.I. Miller entered the U.S. Naval Academy in July 1937 and was commissioned Ensign on February 7, 1941. His first ship assignment was as Assistant Navigator aboard the USS NORTH CAROLINA from 1941-1943. Next, Miller was assigned to Commander, Transport Division TEN and FOURTEEN until May 1944. From August 1942 until May 1944 he participated in the landing and support operations at Guadalcanal and Bougainville. From June 1944 to May 1946 Miller served aboard the USS SAVANNAH, and on the USS MISSISSIPPI until October 1948. He also served a few months on the USS OREGON CITY while USS MISSISSIPPI was dry docked. During 1950 and 1951 Miller saw action off Korea with Commander, United Nations Blockading and Escort Force. From May 1951 through April 1953, he served aboard the USS LEWIS HANCOCK. In May 1953, Miller was sent to serve at the Fleet Training Center in Newport, R.I., where he stayed until October 1955. Next, Miller was in command of the USS HUSE from November 1955 until April 1957, then commanded the USS BROWNSON until June 1958. From June 1958 to May 1961, Miller served at the Office of Chief of Naval Operations, and from June 1961 through May 1963 on the Staff of Commander Carrier Division FOURTEEN. In June 1961 Miller reported for duty to the Staff, Commandant 17th Naval District in Kodiak, Alaska where he served until August 1964. Miller was in Kodiak at the time of the destructive earthquake and tidal wave that occurred there in 1964, and later received a commendation for his service to the town during the tragedy. After leaving Alaska, he was promoted to Officer in Charge District Intelligence Office, First Naval District, in Boston, Massachusetts. Then, in February 1966 he was promoted to commanding officer at Naval Investigative Service Office in Boston. Miller assumed his last naval assignment in July 1970 as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations of the First Naval District. He retired with a physical disability in October 1970. Miller holds the following medals: Navy Unit Commendation for Alaskan Recovery, 1964; American Defense with one star; American Area Campaign; Asiatic-Pacific with five stars; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign; Navy Occupation; World War Two Victory; Korean Service with four stars; United Nations Service Ribbon; Expert Pistol Medal; National Defense Service Medal with bronze star; Korean Presidential Citation Ribbon; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and second Navy United Commendation Medal.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The collection consists of Miller’s service records (1938-1968), and a small amount of his post-service records, (1970-1997). These records include official Navy correspondence relating to Miller’s orders, change of duty, commendations and medals awarded and letters of appreciation. Also included are lists compiled by Miller that document his tours of duty, naming ships, dates and locations visited. Publications include programs for the 1941 graduating class of the U.S. Naval Academy Program and the launching of the U.S. ship Reeves, a guided missile frigate twenty-four, in 1970 at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Also included is a pictorial booklet documenting the destructive earthquake and tidal wave that occurred in 1964 at Kodiak, Alaska. Of particular interest, are documents entitled “USS NORTH CAROLINA's Characteristics and Commissioning” which offer specific details on the construction of the ship. Also present are documents describing the fiftieth anniversary reenactment of the commissioning of this ship in 1991, sponsored by the USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Association. These documents include a letter written to Miller from one of his fellow shipman, Ned Garrett, requesting his attendance, as well as a program of the event. The event program contains handwritten notes, suggesting that Miller participated in the celebration. There are also several photographs present in the collection, many of which concern naval ships. These include the original commissioning of the USS NORTH CAROLINA, and images of the USS ERBEN, USS MILLER, USS LEWIS HANCOCK (hand colored), USS BROWNSON and USS SAVANNAH. Other photographs include a view of landing and support operations near Bougainville, Korean War aerial views, the 1964 earthquake and tidal wave at Kodiak, Alaska, the crew of Transport Division 14 flagship USCG Hunter Liggett at Guadalcanal and Miller with the U.S. Ambassador & Head of USIS (United States Information Service) at Rangoon, Burma. Several photographs also document various ceremonies and training exercises, some of which were held at Fleet Training Center at Newport, R.I. Additionally, there are several photographs of Miller receiving awards and attending change of command ceremonies.

Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

  • Box 1#0848.1
    • Folder a#0848.1.a
      Papers (1938-1966) service records, commendations, and correspondence involving his service in the U. S. Navy. 43 items. 43 p.
    • Folder b#0848.1.b
      Papers (1968-1970) relating to his service and retirement papers. 16 items. 16 p.
    • Folder c#0848.1.c
      Papers (1941) on the USS NORTH CAROLINA's characteristics and commissioning. 2 items. 12 p.
    • Folder d#0848.1.d
      Papers (1941-1948) including orders, assignments, and change or duty. 35 items. 35 p.
    • Folder e#0848.1.e
      Papers (1950-1959) including orders, assignments, and change or duty. 21 items. 21 p.
    • Folder f#0848.1.f
      Papers (1960-1968) including orders, reimbursements, and hospitalization. 31 items. 31 p.
    • Folder g#0848.1.g
      Papers (1970-1975) including retirement and medical information. 46 items. 46 p.
    • Folder h#0848.1.h
      Photographs (1937-1970) of ships, ceremonies and Alaska. 17 items. 17 p.
    • Folder i#0848.1.i
      Papers and photographs (1940-1961) including orders and official naval photographs. 15 items. 15 p.
    • Folder j#0848.1.j
      Printed material (1941-1991) programs and correspondence. 4 items. 7 p.
    • Folder k#0848.1.k
      • Map of Korean Peninsula showing Wonson Islands and approximate location where HMTS (Thai) PRASAE grounded and was lost. 1 item. Photocopy. n.d.  (item #1)
      • Biography of Harry Z. Miller at commissioning of USS REEVES (DLG 24). 1 p. Photocopy 8/27/1970  (item #2)
      • Photographic print. Bougainville Operation and Landing showing USCG HUNTER LIGGETT, Com Trans Div 10 flagship. 1 item. Photocopy with notes on verso. 11/1/1943  (item #3)
      • Photographic print. Wonson Bay Islands (probably), Korea. 1 item. Photocopy with notes on verso. Nov. 1950  (item #4)
      • Photographic print: HMTS (Thai) Frigate PRASAE showing damage after grounding. Korea. 1 item. Photocopy with notes on verso. Jan. 1951  (item #5)
      • Correspondence and commendations received during services as Commanding Officer, Naval Investigative Service Office, Boston, MA. 12 p. Photocopies. 1967-1970  (item #6)
      • Destroyer Force, US Atlantic Fleet ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) "E" Award received as Commander, USS HUSE (DE 145), 1 p. Photocopies. 10 Jan. 1958  (item #7)
      • List of ships and posts with dates of service. 2 p. Photocopies. 1938-1997  (item #8)
  • Box 2#0848.2
    • Folder a#0848.2.a
      Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon for service during Kodiak, AK earthquake and tidal wave. [3/2/1965; 3/15/1965] 2 items. 2 p. Photocopies.
    • Folder b#0848.2.b
      Pamphlet: Kodiak Earthquake Seismic Wave Pictorial. Kodiak, AK: Island Publishing Co. [1964] 1 item. 34 p.
    • Folder c#0848.2.c
      Photographic Prints: Fleet Training Center, Newport, RI. 2 items. B & W. 1953
    • Folder d#0848.2.d
      Photographic Prints: Group from Trans Div 14 Flagship USCG Hunter Liggett (APA 14), Guadalcanal. 1 item. B & W. 1943
    • Folder e#0848.2.e
      Photographic Prints: Korean War aerial views. 2 items. B & W. 1951
    • Folder f#0848.2.f
      Photographic Prints: Rangoon, Burma, with U.S. Ambassador & Head of USIS (United States Information Service) 1 item. B & W. Feb 1953.
    • Folder g#0848.2.g
      Photographic Prints: Re-commissioning Party of USS ERBEN, USS MILLER, & USS LEWIS HANCOCK, Long Beach, CA; also Press Release. 2 items. 1951
    • Folder h#0848.2.h
      Photographic Prints: Retirement from Navy. Com One, Boston, MA. 1 item. B & W. Nov. 1976
    • Folder i#0848.2.i
      Photographic Prints: Staff Commander, Transport Division 14, Auckland, NZ. 1 item. B & W. May 1943
    • Folder j#0848.2.j
      Photographic Prints: USS BROWNSON (DD 868) 2 items. B & W
    • Folder k#0848.2.k
      Photographic Prints: USS LEWIS HANCOCK (DD 675). 1 item. Hand colored. N.d.
    • Folder l#0848.2.l
      Photographic Prints: USS SAVANNAH (CL 42), Navy Day, Savannah, GA. 4 items. B & W. Oct. 1945
    • Folder m#0848.2.m
      USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Association Correspondence (Ned Garrett) & Commissioning Ceremony Re-enactment. 3 items. 7 p. 6 Photocopies; 1 original. 2/18; 4/9/1991

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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