|Willard Dwight Miller|
Willard D. Miller
June 5, 1877|
Maitland, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Died||February 19, 1959(aged 81)|
|Buried at||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Unit||USS Nashville (PG-7)|
*Battle of Cienfuegos
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
|Relations||Harry H. Miller, brother - fellow Medal of Honor recipient|
|Other work||U.S. Lighthouse Service|
Willard Dwight Miller (June 5, 1877 – February 19, 1959) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Spanish-American War.
Willard Miller was born in Maitland, Nova Scotia on June 5, 1877. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy from the state of Massachusetts and served during the Spanish-American War as a crew member of the gunboat USS Nashville (PG-7). On May 11, 1898 he took part in a small boat operation that cut the underwater telegraph cable off Cienfuegos, Cuba, and received the Medal of Honor for his conduct during the action (the Battle of Cienfuegos).
Miller's younger brother, Harry Herbert Miller, was also awarded the Medal of Honor for the same action, making the two men one of only eight pairs of brothers to be awarded the medal.
Miller left the Navy in 1906 and later served in the U.S. Lighthouse Service.
Medal of Honor citation
Seaman Miller's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, May 11, 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Miller displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Naval History & Heritage Command.
- "US People - Seaman Willard D. Miller, USN, (1877-1959)". Online Library of Selected Images. Naval History & Heritage Command. 2006-03-24. Retrieved 2006-11-21.
- "Willard D. Miller, Seaman, United States Navy". ArlingtonCemetery.net. Retrieved 2007-12-31.