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Harry Herbert Miller
Harry H. Miller
Born (1879-05-04)May 4, 1879
Died March 12, 1968(1968-03-12) (aged 88)
Place of birth Noel Shore, Nova Scotia, Canada
Place of death Costa Rica
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Quartermaster Third Class
Unit USS Nashville (PG-7)
Battles/wars Spanish-American War
*Battle of Cienfuegos
Awards Medal of Honor
Relations Willard D. Miller, brother - fellow Medal of Honor recipient

Harry Herbert Miller (May 4, 1879 – March 12, 1968) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Spanish-American War.


Harry H. Miller at Gorga Hospital, Costa Rica, in 1960.

Harry Miller enlisted in the U.S. Navy from the state of Massachusetts and served during the Spanish-American War on board USS Nashville (PG-7) (Gunboat #7). On May 11, 1898, he was one of several men who took part in a boat expedition that cut the underwater telegraph cable off Cienfuegos, Cuba. For his "extraordinary bravery and coolness" under enemy fire during this operation (the Battle of Cienfuegos), Miller was awarded the Medal of Honor. His brother, Willard Miller, also participated in the battle and was awarded the Medal of Honor, making the two men one of only eight pairs of brothers to have received the medal. He attained the rank of Quartermaster Third Class before leaving the service. He eventually moved to Costa Rica, where he died at the age of 88.

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy.
Place and date: On board the U.S.S. Nashville, Cienfuegos, Cuba, May 11, 1898.
Entered service at: Massachusetts. Born: May 4, 1879, Noel Shore, Nova Scotia in Hants County.
G.O. No.: 521, July 7, 1899.


On board the U.S.S. Nashville, during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Miller displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.

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