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Wilbur O. Miller, career Army officer, dies

Wilbur O. Miller, a career Army officer who fought in World War II and Korea, died Aug. 6 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at Oak Crest Village in Parkville.

He was 95.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he was a 1934 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. During the 1930s, he worked at Revere Copper & Brass Co., and was there until enlisting in the Army in 1942.

He was a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and later received training in guided missiles and nuclear weaponry.

While in the Army, Mr. Miller also studied at the Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, University of Delaware and the University of Detroit.

He served in the Pacific during World War II and in Korea during the Korean War. He later served in research and development at Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Pentagon and the Detroit Arsenal.

After retiring from the Army Ordinance Corps in 1963 with the rank of lieutenant colonel, he became a civilian employee with the Department of the Army and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The former Annapolis resident retired in 1978.

He was a Mason for 70 years and a member and former president of the board of Faith United Methodist Church.

His wife of 65 years, the former Pearl B. Bauer, died in 2008.

Services were held Aug. 11 with burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Mark R. Miller of Aiken, S.C., and Stephen C. Miller of Moneta, Va.; a daughter, Beverly G. Reather of Ocean City; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.


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