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Michael J. Miller
Company C, Platoon 5, 79th Battalion
U.S. Navy Seabees
World War II

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     P/O 3 "Mike" Miller was a carpenter and employed at the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company as a shearman before the war.  With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Mike took a leave of absence to join the Navy, deploying with the 79th Battalion for a tour of duty in Kodiak, Alaska. While at Kodiak, Mike worked as a tailor (a trade which his mother taught to him at a young age) as well as a skilled carpenter.  During the times when the family would bring out the Cruise Book and Mike's Alaska photo album, he would speak fondly of the Navy and Kodiak.  Mike was an avid fisherman who  loved it there and made a lot of friends with the native Aleuts.  One of the Aleuts carved three totem poles for him, even incorporating his wife, Mary, back home. Though having never seen her, the native Aleut used a photo of Mike's wife, which Mike carried with him, for the image.   Mike also brought home a very unique set of salt and pepper shakers carved from bone that have the face (with mouth open...and teeth) of what looks like a polar bear.   

     Returning from the Aleutians, Mike was needed in Hayward, California and after the war returned home to his former employment and his native Ohio where he resided with his wife, his son Michael, Jr., and was also blessed with a daughter, Marlene.  Mike is also blessed today with three grandchildren who never knew him since he departed his earthly life at the young age of 49, just 12 days before his first grandchild was born.  Michael's three grandchildren have all married now and given him six great grandchildren.  May God's richest blessing be Michael's for the sacrifice and service he gave to his country that the grandchildren and great grandchildren he never knew may live in peace and freedom today.

You may contact Michael's daughter, Marlene, at

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