28 February 2006

Frank Arthur Miller

The following information is from the Service Record held by the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Frank Arthur Miller enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve Force on June 3, 1918 at Buffalo, New York. At the time, he lived with his father, William Francis Miller, at 153 Ross Street in Batavia, New York. He was 21 years and 8 months old, 5 feet 6 inches in height, weighed 135 pounds, had blue eyes, brown hair andd a ruddy complexion.

He was called to active duty almost immediately - June 15, 1918 - and was sent to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois where he attained the rank of Seaman 2C; by September 30, 1918, he was at the U. S. Naval Rep. Base in Eastleigh,England. (My recollection is that he said he helped build barracks for the troups at Southampton. When Grandma were in England, we visited the local history section of the library where we were shown an old map of the area that indicated the location of the barracks in that area. I took one or two photos of the map.)

By December 31, 1918, he was at Pelham Bay Park (NY?), where he remained until released from active duty on March 15, 1919. He was given a travel allowance of $20.30 to return to Batavia. His base pay was $35.90 per month. He was required to sign a statement that he had "no hammock, mattress, mattress cover or blankets, which are the property of the United States Government".

He received his discharge from the Reserve on September 30, 1921. For his service he was awarded the Victory Medal with Overseas duty clasp and the Victory Button.

1 comment:

Ronabear41 said...

Very interesting. I'm impressed with his discharge decree! Sure am glad he didn't take those things from the government! I like reading these little clips.