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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Fletcher Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid August 18 1942 - Launched March 7 1943

  1. USS MILLER DD-535
    Commissioned August 31 1943 - Decommissioned December 19 1945
    Recommissioned May 19 1951 - Decommissioned June 30 1964
    Name changed to JAMES MILLER August 5 1971, While in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register December 1 1974
    Sold July 31 1975 and broken up for scrap

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Covers Page 1     (1943-53)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning August 31 1943 to December 19 1945


Locy Type



2nd Commissioning May 19 1951 to June 30 1964


Locy Type
FDPS 2(n)


First Day of Postal Service


Locy Type




Locy Type




Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)


Last Day of Postal Service, cachet by Morris W. Beck. Cachet #MWB47


Other Information

MILLER earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon during her Naval career

NAMESAKE - James Miller, born in Denmark in 1833, was quartermaster onboard MARBLEHEAD December 25 1863 when she engaged Confederate batteries on the Stono River, S.C. While exposed to fierce hostile fire, he continued casting the lead and giving the soundings. For his bravery and coolness, and for admirable management at the wheel, he was promoted to acting master's mate and awarded the Medal of Honor.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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