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Robert M. Miller

Landed at Normandy

Robert M. Miller, a retired social worker and Army lieutenant colonel who served as national commander of the 29th Division Association, died Monday of cancer at his home on Carrbridge Circle in Towson.

Colonel Miller, who was 79, retired in 1975 after 10 years as a social worker for the Maryland Department of Human Resources.

In 1961, he retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Army after a career that began 26 years earlier when he enlisted in the 175th Infantry Regiment of the Maryland National Guard.

By the time the 29th Division was mobilized in 1941 during World War II, he had served in an artillery unit, received several awards and promotions and won a commission.

When the division landed at Omaha Beach in the Normandy invasion, he commanded an assault company.

Wounded twice in France, he spent two years in military hospitals but remained in the Army after the war, serving on the staffs of the Infantry School and the Artillery School and as an adviser to the Turkish army.

During the Korean War, he was a company commander then a regimental staff officer and a battalion commander. He was wounded during the conflict.

He held several other posts before becoming chief of the Wyoming Military District, the post he held at his retirement.

In addition to serving as commander of the 29th Division Association and president of the 29th Division Omaha Beach Memorial Foundation, he was a member of the board of the Maryland National Guard Military Historical Society and of the Centennial Legion of the Historic Military Commands.

He was largely responsible for the 29th Division monument at Fort Meade. He designed, built and dedicated the division's memorial on Omaha beach at Vierville-sur-Mer, France.

He also designed and dedicated the bronze commemorative plaque presented to the USS Normandy, a guided missile cruiser, named in honor of the campaign.

He was named a brevet colonel by the adjutant general of Maryland in honor of his services. His decorations included the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with an oak leaf cluster, the Combat Infantryman Badge with a star for a second award, and French and United Nations medals.

Born in Baltimore and educated in the public schools, he worked as a purser on boats on the Chesapeake Bay as a young man.

After retiring from the Army, he attended Santa Barbara City College in California and Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., before returning here in 1964 and graduating from Towson State University with a degree in sociology.

He was a Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite.

In addition, he was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Retired Officers Association, the Association of the United States Army and the United States Naval Institute.

He is survived by his wife, the former Celeste Margaret Hooper; two sons, Ronald F. Miller of Columbia and Donald H. Miller of Brookeville; and five grandchildren. Florence Romey, who belonged to bowling and fraternal groups, died Sunday at her home on Bristol Avenue in the Brooklyn area. She was 68.

She was a duckpin bowler and a longtime member of the Tuesday Winter Ladies Bowling League. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Women of the Moose.

The former Florence Ruehling was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Eastern High School.

Her husband, John A. Romey Sr., who was an automobile body repairman, died in 1973.

Services for Mrs. Romey were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the George J. Gonce Funeral Home, 4001 Ritchie Highway in the Brooklyn area.

She is survived by a son, John A. Romey Jr. of Baltimore; two sisters, Barbara Malkin and Edna Maton, both of Baltimore; a brother, Dan Rogers of Vallejo, Calif.; and two grandsons.

Mary M. Bull

Supervised court clerks

Mary M. Bull, retired supervisor of District Court clerks in Baltimore County, died Saturday at her home in Monkton.

The 66-year-old Everett Road resident, known as Pat, retired in 1990.

The former Mary M. Malamphy was a native of Cumberland who moved to Baltimore County in 1949 after her marriage to Arthur E. Bull Jr., who died in 1987.

She was a member of the Hereford Volunteer Ambulance Association and the Parkton Unit of the American Legion Auxiliary.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church, 18310 Middletown Road, Parkton.

Mrs. Bull is survived by a daughter, Margaret J. Larsen of Sykesville; a son, A. E. Bull III of Monkton; three brothers, Hugh Malamphy of Cumberland, William Malamphy of Schellsburg, Pa., and Donald Malamphy of Pylesville; and two granddaughters.

E. Otis Bridges

Charter boat captain

E. Otis Bridges, a retired Eastern Shore charter boat captain, hunting guide, grocery store owner and decoy carver, died Sunday of heart failure at the Meridian Nursing Center-The Pines in Easton.

Known as Captain Otis, Mr. Bridges was 89 and lived in Bozman, Talbot County.

He retired about three years ago after taking fishing parties out on the Chesapeake Bay for many years. Gov. William Donald Schaefer had been among the fishermen he took out on his boat, the J.B.

The Bozman native also was a guide for waterfowl hunters and for many years carved decoys, some of which are displayed at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum at St. Michaels.

He had also owned the Bozman Store from 1947 until 1971.

His wife, the former Lillian Wayman, who was known as Tat, died in 1984.

Services for Mr. Bridges were to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Harrison E. Leonard Funeral Home in St. Michaels.

He is survived by a daughter, Sandra Sue Bridge of Bozman; a son, John Austin Bridges of Bozman; two sisters, Mabel Wilkerson of Aberdeen and Alma Burnham of Bozman; two brothers, Woodrow Bridges of Jarrettsville and George Austin Bridges of Bozman; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the St. Michaels Volunteer Fire Department.

Adm. A.J. Whittle Jr.

Submarine commander

Retired Adm. Alfred J. Whittle Jr., a longtime commander of Navy submarines who went on to help develop submarine technology as a civilian, died May 18 at his home in Arlington, Va. He was 69.

Son Alfred J. Whittle III of Millersville, a retired Navy commander, said the cause was cancer.

A 1945 graduate of the Naval Academy, Admiral Whittle began his 36-year career aboard the destroyer Harry E. Hubbard. He commanded the submarine Sterlet, the nuclear-powered submarine Seawolf and the Polaris missile submarine Andrew Jackson.

In 1970, he assumed command of the Submarine Squadron 6, out of Norfolk, Va., and from 1972 to 1974 he commanded the Submarine Flotilla 6, which includes several squadrons, with a home port in Charleston, S.C.

He then served in the Office of Naval Operations in Washington, after which he became chief of staff to the Supreme Allied Commander of the Atlantic from 1976 to 1978. Elevated to four-star rank, he served as chief of naval materiel until he retired in 1981.

Afterward, he joined the board of Sippican Inc. of Marion, Mass., a manufacturing company specializing in underwater vehicles for oceanographic and military markets, and took an active part in development.

He was also chairman of the Bird Johnson Co. of New York, which designs and manufactures marine propulsion systems for military and commercial vessels.

From 1982 until 1985, he was general manager of Lockheed Advanced Marine Systems at Sunnyvale, Calif., where he was engaged in research and development. He was subsequently a consultant to the Lockheed Corp.

Admiral Whittle was founding chairman of the Naval Submarine League in Annandale, Va., in 1982. The league is an educational association that promotes discussion on issues related to submarine warfare.

Born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., he attended New York University for a year before entering the U.S. Naval Academy.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel, Blake Road near Maryland Avenue, Annapolis.

Survivors include his wife, the former Phyllis King Schneible of Sag Harbor, N.Y.; another son, Jeffrey King of Wayland, Mass.; and three grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions could be made to the American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, Parkville, Md. 21236.

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