The Knoxville Journal, December 18, 1942:
Ducktown, Dec. 17 – Joseph Howell Miller, 17, who enlisted in the U.S. Marines three months ago, was killed at San Diego, Calif., while guarding a naval radio station, the War Department announced. He is the son of Mrs. Will Miller and the late Mr. Miller of Ducktown. No particulars of the death were given. Other survivors are two brothers, William R. and Hugh.D. Miller, both of Ducktown, and one sister, Mrs. William (Katherine) Sweeny, Lenoir City. The body will be brought to Ducktown Monday or Tuesday.

The Knoxville Journal, December 27, 1942:
Ducktown, Dec. 26- Funeral services for James Howell Miller, 17, Ducktown marine who was shot last week while on duty on the West Coast. Burial at Zion Cemetery.


  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 7 March 1925
  • Date of death: 16 December 1942
  • County: Polk
  • Hometown: Ducktown
  • Service Branch: Marine Corps
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Turtletown, Polk County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XVI, Bottom Panel
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