Retired Marine Corps Col. Norman A. (Reds) Miller Jr., 62, a decorated combat veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict who later worked as a boatyard manager and consultant, died Thursday at Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base after a heart attack.
During World War II, Col. Miller served with an artillery division on Samoa in the Pacific and headed a Marine Corps detachment aboard the aircraft carrier Bon Homme Richard.
In the Korean conflict, he served as executive officer of the 11th Battalion, 3rd Division.
Col. Miller served as commanding officer of a Marine Corps unit assigned to occupied Japan after World War II.
Other assignments included tours of duty at the Quantico Marine Base school in Virginia and at the Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he was an ordnance and gunnery instructor from 1951 to 1954.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, he was assigned to Marine Corps Headquarters in Arlington, served as commanding officer of the 2nd Marine Division on Okinawa and as a management engineer at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
His last assignment was as a financial adviser to the Secretary of the Navy here for about a year before his military retirement in 1963.
After retiring, Col. Miller was manager of the Hartge Yacht Yard in Galesville, Md., from 1964 to 1977. He then worked as a yachting consultant.
Col. Miller was born in Washington and graduated from Mount Rainier High School in 1936. He earned a bachelor's degree in agronomy from the University of Maryland in 1941.
He lived in Harwood, Md., and was active in the Christ Episcopal Church in West River, Md., and St. Luke's Chapel in Lothian, Md.
He was a member of the board of the American Yacht Builders Association and a past district governor of Rotary District 762.
Col. Miller's military decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star with combat V and the Purple Heart.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, the former Wilhelmina V. Schmidt, and two sons, Norman A. III and Edward B., all of Hartwood; a daughter, Carolyn Ann Miller of Annapolis; a sister, Frances Geasey of Fallston, Md., and a granddaughter.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the M Club at the University of Maryland at College Park.