Harry Z. Miller Oral History Interview, February 7, 1999, April 27, 2001

Oral History #OH0176

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

Title: Harry Z. Miller Oral History Interview
Creators: Hailey, Robert
Lennon, Donald R.
Miller, Harry Zellner
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 35.0 transcribed pages, 1 audiocassettes, 35 pages .

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

General note

1930s-1965

1937-1961

Access Restrictions

No 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.

Copyright Notice

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

Preferred Citation

Robert Hailey Oral History Interview (#OH0175), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Harry Z. Miller Oral History Interview (#OH0176), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Robert Hailey
  • Gift of Harry Z. Miller

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

Captain Hailey recounts his early life in Texas before entering the U. S. Naval Academy. He comments on his assignment to the USS INDIANAPOLIS and his duty before and during the early stages of World War II. Included are comments on convoying troops to Australia, patrols in the Aleutian Islands to protect against Japanese movements from Kiska, and the bombardment of Kiska and Attu islands.

For the remainder of the war Captain Hailey discusses submarine training in 1943-1944, duty in the Atlantic out of New London and the Everglades, and experiences in the USS R-5. After World War II he was assigned to the USS BRILL for experiments in operating under the ice in the Aleutians. Other comments concern duty with the Disciplinary Barracks, submarine duty from 1949-1952 on the USS FINBACK and USS PIPER, and various sea and shore assignments during the 1950s and early 1960s. He reports on his assignment to investigate the burning of the American Mission in Caracas, Venezuela in 1963 and his retirement in 1965.

Captain Miller describes his experiences at the U.S. Naval Academy and duty aboard the USS NORTH CAROLINA, including shakedown, service in the South Pacific, its torpedoing, and repairs at Pearl Harbor. He subsequently discusses South Pacific duty on the Flag Transport Staff, preparation for the Marine invasion at Bougainville, use of USS SAVANNAH as decoy during President Roosevelt's trip to Yalta, and "Magic Carpet" trips to transport servicemen back to U.S. at the end of the war.

He also comments on mine removal aboard the CTF 95 in Korea, coastal bombardment by the USS MANCHESTER, shore bombardment and protection of cruisers by the USS HANCOCK in Korea, the DesRon 20 voyage around the world to return to the U.S., and experiences along the way. Also of interest are comments concerning a tour in the Pentagon (1958-1961) as head of the Foreign Navies Section, duty on Admiral Arleigh Burke's staff, service as plans officer in the USS WASP in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and intelligence work.

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

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.

What is this page? Click here to learn more abou this webpage
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Department, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. To see what's been digitized in this collection, please click on the "View Digitized Objects" tab, or look for hyperlinks in the container list
ECU Centennial Logo

Finding Aids for Special Collections and University Archives

© 2002-2009 Joyner Library, East Carolina University

Contact Us ° Digital Collections
Feedback Form
Feedback Analytics