Title: Military Historian and Archivist (Retired)
Location: Fairfax, Virginia, United States
J. Michael Miller, Retired Military Historian and Archivist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in military history preservation.
With decades of experience to his credit, Mr. Miller has been retired as a self-employed military historian and archivist since 2016, during which time he has held the designation of historian and archivist emeritus with the U.S. Marine Corps History Division. Moreover, he has been active on the adjunct faculty at the University of Mary Washington from 2013 to 2017. Likewise, he served as a special projects historian for the World War I Centennial Commemoration for the U.S. Marine Corps History Division between 2013 and 2016. Mr. Miller began his career with the U.S. Marine Corps History Division in 1983, advancing to the position of director of the Marine Corps Archives before transitioning into his subsequent role 30 years later.
Before embarking on his professional path, Mr. Miller pursued an education at The University of Alabama, from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1978. He concluded his studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1981, graduating with a Master of Arts in history. Mr. Miller was drawn to his field by his passion for telling historical stories about the U.S. Marines Corps, ensuring that the soldiers and their accomplishments were not forgotten.
Beyond his primary responsibilities, Mr. Miller has excelled with his written works as well, most of which were sourced from over 200 historical interviews with myriad marines. He initially authored “The North Anna Campaign “Even To Hell Itself” May 21-26, 1864,” for Howard Books, a subdivision of Simon & Schuster, Inc. in 1989. In the years that followed, he penned “From Shanghai to Corregidor: Marines in the Defense of the Philippines (Marines in World War II Commemorative Series)” in 2013 and “The 4th Marine Brigade at Belleau Wood and Soissons: History and Battlefield Guide” in 2020. Mr. Miller has also contributed articles to Leatherneck Magazine over the years.
In 2016, Mr. Miller’s monumental work was celebrated with a Lifetime of Service Award, which was presented to him by the Marine Corps Foundation. Among his many accomplishments, he’s incredibly proud of the opportunity to converse with multiple generations of Marines, especially when he provides their families with video interviews as they may hear stories that had never previously known. To future professionals within his discipline, Mr. Miller advises that they remain grounded and separate their personal and professional lives as best as they can.
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