Robert Raymond “Bobbie” Miller was born in St. Charles, Virginia, the son of James Pascal Miller and Lillian McKeague.

He was killed in action aboard troop carrier SS Leopoldville when the ship was torpedoed by German submarine U-486 on Christmas Eve 1944.
On Christmas Eve 1944, the Belgium troopship Leopoldville, left the pier at Southampton, England with over 2,000 American soldiers assigned to the 66th Infantry Division and crossed the English Channel to France. Just 5 1/2 miles from its destination, Cherbourg, the Leopoldville was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-486. There were 763 American soldiers killed and the bodies of 493 were never recovered from the Channel’s frigid 48 degree waters.

Memorialized (see above) at the Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France and at a memorial in Fort Benning in Georgia.


  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 7 September 1925
  • Date of death: 25 December 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 262nd Infantry Regiment, 66th Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Middle Panel
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