Robert M. MillerLanded at NormandyRobert M. Miller, a...


May 26, 1993

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.

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