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  • Title: Milton Edward Miles papers
    Date: 1923-1958
    Collection Number: 68028
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 9 manuscript boxes, 4 envelopes (4.0 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, speeches and writings, reports, memoranda, notes, orders, and photographs relating to the Sino-Japanese Conflict, U.S.- Chinese relations during World War II, post-war military defense in Latin America, Canadian-U.S. joint defense policies, and the Indochina and Korean Wars. Digital copies of select records also available at https://digitalcollections.hoover.org. 
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Miles, Milton E., 1900-1961


    Collection open for research. Digital copies of select records also available at https://digitalcollections.hoover.org. 
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items, computer media, and digital files. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos, films, or digital files during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Milton Edward Miles papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1968.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Alternate Forms Available

    Digital copies of select records also available at https://digitalcollections.hoover.org. 

    Biographical Note

    1900 April 6 Born, Jerome, Arizona, son of Lewis E. Robbins and Mae Belle Cook, stepson of George A. Miles
    1917 Apprentice seaman, U.S. Navy
    1918-1922 Midshipman, U.S. Naval Academy
    1922-1927 Commissioned as Ensign and promoted to Lieutenant (Junior Grade), U.S. Asiatic Fleets
    1927-1929 Post Graduate School, U.S. Naval Academy
    1928 Promoted to Lieutenant
    1929 M.S., Columbia University
    1929-1932 Electrical officer, U.S.S. Saratoga
    1932-1934 Member, Bureau of Engineering, Navy Department
    1934-1939 Destroyer duty, U.S. Pacific and Asiatic Fleets
    1937 Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
    1939-1942 Member, Interior Control Board, Navy Department
    1942 Promoted to Commander and Captain
    1942-1943 U.S. Naval Observer, Chung King, China and Chief of OSS (Office of Strategic Services) for the Far East
    1943-1945 Deputy Director, Sino-American Cooperative Organization (SACO)
    1944-1945 Commander, U.S. Naval Group, China
    1945 Appointed Rear Admiral, for temporary service
    1946 Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Columbus
    1947 Planning Officer, Staff of Commander Service Force, Atlantic Fleet
    1948 Promoted to Rear Admiral
    1948 Commander, Cruiser Division One
    1949 Commander, Cruiser Division Six
    1949 Commander, Cruiser Division Four
    1950-1954 Director, Pan American Affairs and U.S. Naval Missions in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and Senior Naval Delegate to Inter-American Defense Board
    1954 Commandant, Fifteenth Naval District, Panama Canal Zone
    1955 On-site Commander, Operation Friendship, flood relief program, Tampico, Mexico
    1956 Commandant, Third Naval District, New York, and Commander, U.S. Naval Base, New York
    1958 Promoted and retired as Vice Admiral
    1961 March 25 Died
    1967 Author (posthumously) A Different Kind of War: The Little-Known Story of the Combined Guerilla Forces Created in China by the U.S. Navy and the Chinese during World War II

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Inter-American Defense Board.
    Permanent Joint Board on Defense (Canada-United States)
    Sino-American Cooperative Organization.
    United States. Navy--Officers.
    Canada--Military relations--United States.
    China--Foreign relations--United States.
    Indochinese War, 1946-1954.
    Korean War, 1950-1953.
    Latin America--Military relations--United States.
    Latin America.
    Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945.
    United States--Armed Forces.
    United States--Foreign relations--China.
    United States--Foreign relations.
    United States--Military relations--Canada.
    United States--Military relations--Latin America.
    World War, 1939-1945--China.
    World War, 1939-1945.