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LTJG Carleton Pierce “Carl & Tony” Miller, Jr

LTJG Carleton Pierce “Carl & Tony” Miller, Jr

Melrose, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 6 Jan 1971 (aged 26)
Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Courts of the Missing
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In Loving Memory... LTJG. Carleton Pierce Miller, Jr..
*** Lieutenant Junior Grade Miller was a member of Fighter Squadron 21, Carrier Air Wing 2 aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS RANGER (CVA-61). On January 6, 1971, he was the radar intercept officer of a McDonnell Douglas Phanton II Fighter (F-4J) on a night mission over North Vietnam. After the mission, the aircraft missed the arresting wire, then stopped just before falling over the deck. He ejected but his remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in your family and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 26
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Jun 23, 1944
Marital Status: Married - Judith Ellen Towne Miller, Daughter, Wendy Elizabeth Miller. Parents: Father, Carleton Pierce Miller, Died Nov. 15, 1995 in Duval, Florida at the age of 86 yrs old and Mother, Doris Eyre Miller. His sisters, Judith A.(Judy) Miller Ward and Cynthia A. Miller.

***** "California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984"
Name: Judith E Towne
Event Type: Divorce
Event Date: Aug 1970
Event Place: San Diego City, California
Spouse's Name: Carleton P Miller

***** You are not born yet, this is your Family
"United States Census, 1940"
Name: Carleton P Miller
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: Ward 7, Melrose, Melrose City, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 30
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Birth Year (Estimated): 1910
Last Place of Residence: Watertown, Massachusetts
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Carleton P Miller 30 Massachusetts - Your Father
Wife Doris Miller F 29 England - Your Mother
Daughter Cynthia A Miller F 5 Maine - Sister
Daughter Judith A Miller F 4 - Sister

***** "Carleton" was known to his squadron mates as Tony. Tony was a RIO, he flew back seat in an F-4 phantom jet fighter. He was in VF-21, the "Freelancers" serving on board the USS Ranger (CVA-61). Tony was a wonderful man. He had a beautiful little baby girl that he loved very much. Tony, I hope your daughter is doing well. I hope her mother speaks well of you. ("Fog" was his call sign)and served with him in VF-21 on board the USS Ranger. Tony was lost at sea in a unusual accident. It was during a night landing when his pilot (Tony was a RIO - a back seater)accidentally came in too high and missed all 4 wires (a bolter. But he was so high that the nose of their Phantom (F-4) fell over the deck edge. The pilot initiated an ejection and was picked up by the recue helicopter. Tony was never found. Tony was well liked by all his squadron mates. I'm now 57 and still remember Tony vividly. His happy smile and free loving attitude. Here's to a hero that did not make it home.
Tom Herskowitz - I flew with Tony in VF-21

LTJG - O2 - Navy - Reserve
Length of service 2 years
His tour began on Jan 6, 1971
Casualty was on Jan 6, 1971
Non-Hostile, died missing, FIXED WING - CREW

Body was not recovered
Panel 05W - Line 29

Other Personnel in Incident: Lt. Rinne (pilot, rescued)

On January 6, 1971, Lt.JG Carleton P. Miller was a Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) attached to Fighter Squadron 21 onboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA-61).

He launched with his pilot, Lt. Rinne, in their F4J Phantom fighter aircraft for a night mission over North Vietnam. They returned to the ship about 4 a.m. for a radar controlled approach to landing.

The Ranger was located in the Gulf of Tonkin approximately 70 miles east of the North Vietnamese city of Ron.

At approximately 1 mile astern of the carrier, Rinne and Miller transitioned from the radar controlled approach to a visual approach.

The aircraft hit the deck a bit high and "boltered" (missed catching an arresting wire). In this instance, the aircraft touched down farther forward on the deck than usual, and its nose began to roll off the forward edge of the deck.

Lt. Rinne called for ejection. Men working on the deck definitely saw both parachutes enter the water ahead of the ship.

Lt. Rinne was rescued by the Ranger's helicopter within a short time. Despite an extensive search by other helicopters and destroyers, they were unable to find any trace of Lt.JG Miller.

Carleton Miller is listed among the missing because his remains were never found.

He died a tragically ironic death in the midst of war. But, for his family, the case seems clear that he died on that day.

Crewmen aboard the ship saw two good parachutes and followed both to water landings.

Although LT Rinne was picked up by one of RANGER's SH-3 helicopters, searches by the helicopters and plane guard destroyers failed to locate LTJG Miller.

His body was not recovered.

Remembering Tony (Carleton Pierce) Miller, Jr.
Tony (Carleton Jr), a golden haired boy was born to our family, when I was 9 1/2 years old. I cared for him as much as allowed. He was such a good baby and all the attention we showered on him never seemed to spoil him. He wanted to spend every moment outside, rain or snow. 18 months later, his red haired sister, Susan was born. Then my mother really had her hands full -- soon 2 toddlers and 2 almost teen-agers (sister, Cindy was 18 months older than me). But Tony, though a normal rascal, was very little trouble, only a joy. He did well in school, was his Little League team's all star pitcher, and was a great all-american kid.
Shortly after he was born, our family of 6 started renting a cottage at Little Neck, Ipswich, MA. From day one, Tony had found his favorite attachment. He loved the water, the beach and the boats. Later Dad built us a cottage at Little Neck. As an older teen, and while in college, Tony became the summer "coach", teaching swimming, diving and "playground". He was a virtual pied piper, with all the kids following him around; just wanting to be in his presence. He got the nickname "brows" as his strawberry blonde hair turned white, especially his eye brows -- a rather unusual look!
Tony loved to dig clams and made much needed extra money out on the clam flats. He had a solid bunch of "clients" at Little Neck, but really, who could possibly have said no to him? But he told me he loved the solitary time digging, by the ocean, out there alone.
When Tony was killed in Vietnam, not only his family and the Melrose community grieved, but Little Neck was devastated. They set up a foundation "The Tony Miller Award" to be given to the "best kid" -the kindest, most compassionate, least pretentious and most thoughtful, as Tony had been. This was not to be an award for the best athelete or most popular. It was to go to the most all-round kid with good character traits. The award still continues to this day and each child hopes to have their name put on the plaque and receive the stipend in Tony Miller's name.
While in the Navy, Tony and I wrote lots of newsy letters to each other. I still have and cherish these letters. In one he said that he was so proud to have had these years as a fighter pilot, it was a great adventure and growth time for him. But he knew he would not stay in the service. He loved his baby girl more than anything in the world, and wanted to spend more time with her."Uncle Tony" was always so adorable with my three children, too.
During a conversation the other day (2001), in Essex MA, a chatty waitress told me she was one of his "students" at Little Neck. When he was her "coach", she said she had followed him home most summer days, sat on the wall to wait while he had his lunch, so she could walk back to the beach with him. He was still a very vivid memory to her. These are the special stories that help so much to keep his memory alive for me.
Tony will never be forgotten by the many people that he touched. I think of him every day and still miss him every day. He was a dear brother and one of a kind.
A loving sister, Judy
Judy Miller Ward, 5/2001
Sunday, May 27, 2001


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