John Grider Miller

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John Grider Miller
John Grider Miller.jpg
Birth name John Grider Miller
Born (1935-08-23)August 23, 1935
Annapolis, Maryland
Died August 31, 2009(2009-08-31) (aged 74)
Annapolis, Maryland
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1957-1985
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Legion of Merit with "V" Device
Bronze Star (2)

John Grider Miller (born 23 August 1935 in Annapolis, Maryland – died 31 August 2009 in Annapolis, Maryland) was a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps, who served as Managing Editor, of U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings and of Naval History.


After graduating from Yale in 1957, Miller was commissioned in the Marine Corps. He was an infantry officer, commanded a U. S. Marine battalion, and served as an advisor to the Republic of Vietnam Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Later in his career, he was Deputy Director of the Marine Corps' History and Museums Division and was a speechwriter to three Commandant of the Marine Corps.

He joined the United States Naval Institute staff on 19 September 1985 and served until 31 August 2000, becoming managing editor of Proceedings and Naval History Magazine, the latter of which he had helped to establish in 1988.

He wrote several books of which the best known is The Bridge at Dong Ha, the story of Navy Cross recipient John Ripley (USMC).


Military decorations[edit]

US Army Airborne basic parachutist badge.gif Parachutist Badge
Legion of Merit with "V" Device
Gold star
Bronze Star with one award star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Navy Unit Commendation
National Defense Service Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Vietnam Service Medal with four service stars
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit award
Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation
Vietnam Campaign Medal

Other awards[edit]

Published books[edit]

  • The Battle to save the Houston, October 1944 to March 1945. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1985; 2000.
  • The bridge at Dong Ha. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1989.
  • Punching out: launching a post-military career by Fred Mastin with John Grider Miller. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1994.
  • The co-vans: U.S. Marine advisors in Vietnam. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 2000.