Henry Max Miller

200th CA(AA)

Major Henry Max Miller was lost in the sinking of the Shinyo Maru on September 7, 1944. He would have celebrated his 40th birthday 10 days later.

 


Mrs. Miller Writes Song, "My Daddy of Bataan"

Foy E. Pribble & New Mexico's Victory Ships

Civilian Activities/Employment

 

1926 Graduate of New Mexico Military Academy in Roswell, New Mexico

 

Civil Engineer for the Santa Fe Rail Road and the State Highway Department, Clovis, Santa Fe, Yeso, Jal-Hobbs

 

CCC Camp Officer, Gallup - 32 Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps were in operation in New Mexico between 1933 and 1942.

 

Concrete Engineer, Caballo Dam - Construction of the Caballo flood retention dam and reservoir (1935-1938) was one feature in the 1933 agreement between the United States and Mexico to control the flood threat in the El Paso-Juarez valley; an agreement which also included rectification of the flow of the Rio Grande River.

 

Agriculture Conservation Association Secretary, Carlsbad, New Mexico

 

 

New Mexico National Guard

 

A controversial decision, during the November 1932 elections, Governor Alfred Seligman declared martial law in three New Mexico counties, stating, "there is a condition existing in these counties now which is affecting the welfare of the state. There is now imminent danger of insurrection, tumult, riot, breach of peace and serious harm to citizens." Max Miller and the Clovis battery, under [then] Major Charles G. Sage, 111th Cavalry later the 200th Coast Artillery's Commanding Officer when the Regiment deployed to the Philippines were sent to Las Vegas, New Mexico, with martial law limited to the room the ballots were stored in.

 

Gallup Coal Miners Strike - When Gallup, New Mexico coal miners walked out on strike (August 1933 - January 1934), Governor Seligman called up the National Guard one day into the strike and declared martial law. Governor Seligman died in office in September 1933. The strike was settled under his Lieutenant Governor, Andrew Hockenhull.

 

AUG. 10, 1941 - Thousands lined the streets of Albuquerque to watch the men, their ranks swollen since the Regiment was federalized in January to 1,876 officers and men, traveling in 268 trucks up Central Avenue from the Old Town bridge to the State Fair Grounds.

Governor Miles addressing a group of 200th Coast Artillery officers following a review of the Regiment in Albuquerque during the August maneuvers. Colonel Sage is standing with the Governor.

 

As the Regimental Plans and Operations Officer, Miller organized the August 8 to August 15, 1941 maneuvers Before the Regiment entrained for San Francisco at the end of August 1941, they embarked on a weeklong tour of the state to field test the Regiment. At Deming, the Regiment encamped near the racetrack and staged a parade and retreat for the local townspeople. All the local businesses closed their stores to allow their employees to witness the colorful ceremony. That evening, traffic on the Deming to Hatch road was discouraged in order to avoid accidents as the Regiment would be making the drive without headlights, simulating night movement during wartime. In Albuquerque, the Regiment set up its guns and searchlights and turned back a night time "raid" on the municipal airport and the adjacent Army air field before returning to Fort Bliss by way of Roswell and Carlsbad.

 

Advanced logistic liaison with the American President Lines prior to embarkment from San Francisco The Regiment was sent overseas on two ships: 1st Battalion on the SS President Pierce, set sail on August 30, 1941, and 2nd Battalion on the SS President Coolidge which put to sea on September 9, 1941. The SS President Pierce was sunk by a German U-Boat off the coast of Morroco on November 12, 1942. The SS President Coolidge sank after sailing into a US minefield in the channel approach to Espirito Santos Island, New Hebrides on October 26, 1942.