(born 1835 or 1836, date of death unknown) was a United States Navy
sailor and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor
—for his actions in the American Civil War
descent, Miller was born in Denmark
and enlisted in the U.S. Navy from Massachusetts
. Miller served aboard the steam gunboat Marblehead
. During an engagement with Confederate forces on John's Island
, South Carolina
) by the Stono River
on December 25, 1863, he continued to take soundings while under fire. For his conduct on this occasion, Quartermaster James Miller was awarded the Medal of Honor
and promoted to Acting Master's Mate.
Medal of Honor citation
Quartermaster Miller's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
- Served as quartermaster on board the U.S. Steam Gunboat Marblehead off Legareville, Stono River, December 25, 1863, during an engagement with the enemy on John's Island. Acting courageously under the fierce hostile fire, Miller behaved gallantly throughout the engagement which resulted in the enemy's withdrawal and abandonment of its arms.
The destroyer USS Miller (DD-535)
, which served in World War II
and the Korean War
, was named in his honor.