Retired Brigadier General Gerry Miller, USMC, a Fox Valley native and resident of Combined Locks, WI was honored on 2 NOV 2012 by the Marquette NROTC Alumni & Friends Association as Alumnus of the Year at the Navy & Marine Corps Ball at the Milwaukee Hilton.
General Miller earned his B.A. degree in political science in 1964 as a Marquette University NROTC Midshipman. He received numerous decorations and medals over the next three decades of his U.S. Marine Corps career, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with numeral 16, Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars, and Vietnam Service Medal with Silver Star, and Combat Action Ribbon.
Miller first served in 1965 as infantry platoon commander in the Republic of Vietnam. Following recruiting duty in Chicago, and completing flight training, he became a Naval Aviator in 1968. Captain Miller served at El Toro, CA before returning to Vietnam in a reconnaissance squadron. Amphibious Warfare School at Quantico, Virginia led to Miller’s service in Pensacola, Florida as a Navy squadron training instructor.
He returned to Marquette, where he earned his law degree in 1975 and a promotion to major. He held key legal positions at El Toro and Camp Butler, Okinawa. Lieutenant Colonel Miller then became staff judge advocate of the First Marine Brigade at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The Army War College in Carlisle, PA then led to his promotion to colonel in 1984.
Miller practiced law with the Judge Advocate General’s office in Washington, D.C., then Camp Pendleton, CA and again in D.C., where he became Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Judge Advocate General Director at HQ Marine Corps. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1990.
General Miller volunteered his legal services after retirement to the Trial Lawyers of America and Daughters of the American Revolution. He joined the American Legion, Marine Corps Association, Appleton Flag Day committee, and served eight years as general counsel for the Corps Aviation Association. He helped form the MU NROTC Alumni & Friends Association. He is deeply involved with St. Paul Parish and the Green Bay Diocese. Miller and his wife Lynn have two daughters and one son, who is an alumnus of Marquette’s NROTC class of 1988 and a former U.S. Marine Corps captain.