CEMP Forrest Newton Miller

Unknown Sailor

CEMP Forrest Newton Miller

Forrest Newton Miller was born July 30, 1901 in Kansas. HIs father, George, was a farm hand and later a masonry helper, and his mother, Lula Breeden Miller, was a homemaker.

The parents divorced between 1910 and 1915, by which time Forrest was living with his mother and four siblings in Concordia in north-central Kansas. By 1920 he was working odd jobs in Wichita, Kansas.

It isn’t clear from publicly available records when Mr. Miller enlisted in the Navy, but his name was in the 1930 Census as a sailor on the U.S.S. Pennsylvania, a battleship then undergoing major modernization at the Navy yard in Philadelphia.

Mr. Miller was an electrician’s mate and chief petty officer on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

He was survived by his widow, Vivian.

His brother Arthur was an Army private first class in World War I.


 

Sources: the San Pedro (California) News-Pilot; Census; Navy muster rolls; grave marker. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.

 
 
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