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Miller, Huston George (P2, C3, L28)

Huston George Miller Navy PicturePrivate Huston George Miller, 40, of Louisville, Jefferson County, perished from a heat stroke during annual training at Fort Knox with his unit, A Battery, 138th Field Artillery, on 6 August 1947. He was serving on Kitchen Police (KP) duty in the mess hall. He suffered a severe heat exhaustion on 6 August 1947 while working on a dish washing machine. He was transported to the Fort Knox hospital where he perished from a severe heat stroke.

Miller enlisted in the Kentucky National Guard on 16 November 1923 at the age of 17 and served in Service Battery of the 138th Field Artillery until his enlistment was up in December 1929. At that time he listed his civilian occupation as clerk.

During World War II, Miller served in the U. S. Navy aboard the USS Argon (Argonne AG-31) 25 July 1940 ship from 15 October 1942 to 17 March 1945 as a Machinist's Mate 2nd Class. The Argonne served New Caledonia, New Zealand Solomon Islands, Russell Islands, Marshall Islands Admiralty Islands, Palau Islands and the Philippines on Leyte and the Marshall Islands. The ship was only some 1,100 yards away from the ammunition ship Mount Hood blew up causing damage from concussion and shrapnel. She was again damaged in port in the Palau Islands when a nearby ship fouled a depth charge rack on a second ship and a 300 pound depth charge exploded.

Miller returned to the Kentucky Army National Guard enlisting on 29 Jul 1947 with Battery A of the 138th Field Artillery. At the time of this enlistment he listed his civilian occupation as a machinist. Miller attended annual training with his unit beginning 3 August 1947 when he perished.

miller huston headstoneMiller is buried in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery Plot: A, 929.

 

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