Miller, Clarence Irving, CWT

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1943-1944, WT-0000, USS Houston (CL-81)
Service Years
1935 - 1944
WT-Water Tender
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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Stoney Point, NY
Last Address
Stony Point, NY

Casualty Date
Oct 16, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Mount Rest Cemetery - Stony Point, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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Last Known Activity

Onboard USS Huston, after having been torpedoed on 14 Oct and all engineering spaces having been abandoned due to flooding. The newly promoted Chief Water Tender was working with damage control parties to save their ship. The ship being towed by the USS Pawnee as part of Admiral Halesy's CripDiv-1 (AKA BaitDiv-1) was attacked again on 16 Oct. General Quarters having been sounded at 1348 Chief Miller was manning the aft 20mm gun when a twin engine "Frances" following Hustons oil slick launched it's torpedo. The result Huston was hit starboard side all the way aft at frame 145 in the aviation gasoline storage tank.The explosion blowing Miller and 9 others into the sea. Chief Miller was never seen again.
Ref:The Battle To Save the Houston By John Grider Miller chapter 7 page 94

Service number: 2232275
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Helena (CL-50)US Navy
  1939-1943, WT-0000, USS Helena (CL-50)
  1943-1944, WT-0000, USS Houston (CL-81)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Cape Esperance (Second Savo)
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Georgia Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Kula Gulf
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Majuro (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 16, 1939, Promoted to WT2
  Dec 01, 1942, Promoted to WT1
  Oct 01, 1944, Promoted to CWT
  Sep 22, 2018, General Photos1
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial WWII Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, WWII Memorial National Registry
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