FRANK D. MILLER, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Frank Miller '39

Date of birth: November 27, 1915

Date of death: October 25, 1942

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Frank was lost while piloting a F4F-4 Wildcat fighter of Fighting Squadron (VF) 10, operating from USS Enterprise (CV 6), on October 25, 1942.

From naval aviation historian Richard Leonard via email on July 17, 2018:

Frank Donald "Don" Miller (82652) - VF-10 USS Enterprise. Not killed in action. As darkness fell, while returning from a no-contact strike, Battle of Santa Cruz, his F4F lost power about 40 miles NW of TF-61 and fell out of formation on the evening of 10/26/1942. His plane was seen to hit the water and he was observed to bail out prior, but he was never recovered.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Career

Frank served previously on the USS Portland (CA 33) in 1939 and the USS Moffett (DD 362) in 1940.

Memorial Hall Error?

Frank is not listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall. While not an obvious error, inclusion on the panel for crashes like this (incidental to combat flights) has been inconsistent across WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.


Class of 1939

Frank is one of 77 members of the Class of 1939 in Memorial Hall.