CLAIR L. MILLER, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Clair Miller '29

Date of birth: April 9, 1907

Date of death: January 21, 1945

Age: 37

Lucky Bag

From the 1929 Lucky Bag:

Loss

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Clair was lost when USS Ticonderoga (CV 14) was struck by a kamikaze on January 21, 1945 while operating off Formosa. He was the ship's air officer and earned a Navy Cross (below) for this action.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Commander Clair Lemoine Miller (NSN: 0-62654), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving as Air Officer on board Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. TICONDEROGA (CV-14), while deployed over Formosa, on 21 January 1945. Commander Miller repeatedly risked his life in directing and coordinating the Air Department crews in fighting fires and jettisoning bombs. With the ship under continuing air attacks he went to an exposed station to better direct his men. As the second suicide plane dove on the ship he ordered his men to take cover while he chose to remain on station, and lost his life in the resulting explosion. His great personal courage and outstanding ability were an inspiration to his officers and men. He was declared "dead" and his remains were buried at sea from the U.S.S. TICONDEROGA on 22 January 1945.

General Orders: Board Serial 2468 (September 9, 1948)
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander

Memorial Hall Error

Clair's name is misspelled "Claire" on the killed in action panel at the front of Memorial Hall.


Class of 1929

Clair is one of 28 members of the Class of 1929 in Memorial Hall.