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John Grider Miller
Born (1935-08-23)August 23, 1935
Died August 31, 2009(2009-08-31) (aged 74)
Place of birth Radford, Virginia
Place of death Annapolis, Maryland
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch USMC logo.svg United States Marine Corps
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Battles/wars Vietnam War

John Grider Miller (born 23 August 1935 in Radford, Virginia – died 31 August 2009 in Annapolis, Maryland) was a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps, who served as Managing Editor, of U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings' and of Naval History.


After graduating from Yale in 1957, Miller was commissioned in the Marine Corps. He was an infantry officer, commanded a U. S. Marine battalion, and served as an advisor to the Republic of Vietnam Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Later in his career, he was Deputy Director of the Marine Corps' History and Museums Division and was a speechwriter to three Commandant of the Marine Corps.

He joined the United States Naval Institute staff on 19 September 1985 and served until 31 August 2000, becoming managing editor of Proceedings and Naval History Magazine, the latter of which he had helped to establish in 1988.

He wrote several books of which the best known is The Bridge at Dong Ha, the story of Navy Cross recipient John Ripley (USMC).


  • Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement, 2002.
  • Brigadier General Robert L. Denig Memorial Distinguished Performance Award, 2009.

Published books

  • The Battle to save the Houston, October 1944 to March 1945. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1985; 2000.
  • The bridge at Dong Ha. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1989.
  • Punching out: launching a post-military career by Fred Mastin with John Grider Miller. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1994.
  • The co-vans: U.S. Marine advisors in Vietnam. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 2000.

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