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Michael Miller

Profile Updated: May 19, 2014
Residing In:
Monument, CO USA
Year Reported aboard USS Seattle:
1969
Spouse/Partner:
Joanna Miller
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Occupation:
Computer Consultant - Retired
Children:
Chad Miller born 1971...9 months after returning from the first cruise. 3 grandchildren, Courtney-21, More…Ryan-18, Catalin-14, and GreatGrandDuughter Kara-4 months.
Military Service:
USN 1968-1972; USAF 1978-1982 Retired Reserves  
What Years did you serve aboard the Seattle?

Dec 1969 - Jul 1971

What Division were you in while assigned aboard the Seattle?

Operations

What Rank were you on the Seattle?

Made RD3 before leaving

Are you a Plank Owner of USS Seattle (AOE-3)

No

Are you a member of the decommissioning crew?

No

Ship Story:

I want to relate a short story about those Navy days…When I got out of boot in 1968, I was told I was going to be a Sonarman with on-the-job training. When I arrived at my first assignment, the USS Utina, I was asked what my job assignment was and I said “Sonarman - on-the-job training.” I have never heard so much laughter in my life. I asked what was so funny? I was told “You are a Deck Ape.” I said “No…I am a Sonarman.” After all the laughter had settled, I finally found out that there was no sonar on the ship. You see, the USS Utina was a fleet tug with 63 men in the crew. We didn’t even have a radar.

Eventually, I was able to acquire an assignment to an “A” school for Radarman. My assignment after “A” school was the USS Seattle. I arrived just before the first shake-down cruise and first med cruise. It was amazing, after the first med cruise, my wife got pregnant with our first and only child, as did about 1/3 of the ships wife’s, as many of you know…and that was the story of how it all started for me.

Administrative function Membership Status

Life Member

USSSVA Charter Member

YES

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