Tonight’s guest, 99-year-old Bob Miller, joined the Navy before Pearl Harbor and spent the next six years serving on 11 different ships.
From the Jr. Naval Reserve, which he joined at age 13, Bob then entered the real Navy with Boot Camp at Newport, Rhode Island, in early 1941.
Bob started service on the 1854 sailing vessel USS Constellation, then served through the Battle of the North Atlantic, Operation Torch (the invasion of North Africa), Guadalcanal, the Invasion of Southern France, and a series of Pacific invasions, including Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Iwo Jima, Ryukus, and Okinawa.
Along the way, Bob spent time in the Brig, sunk a German u-Boat, was attacked by Kamikazes, and flew into the eye of a hurricane own a B-17.
Bob Miller’s 11 Navy ships:
USS CONSTELLATION (1854 Sloop-of-War)
USS WYOMING (BB-32)
USS RAVEN (AM-55)
USS RANGER (CV-4)
USS CHARGER (AVG-30/ACV-30/CVE-30)
USS SUWANNEE (CVE-27)
USS CHENANGO (ACV-28)
USS KALININ BAY (CVE-68)
USS CASABLANCA (CVE-55)
USS TULAGI (CVE-72) USS CHLORIS (ARVE-4)
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