“Forever Loved, Never Forgotten”

The Navy Gold Star Program is eternally grateful for the sacrifice of those Service Members who have died in service to our country. To help us to never forget, we have set up this tribute page to honor and remember the memory of those lives. If you would like to honor the memory of your Sailor, Soldier, Marine, Airman or Coast Guardsman through the Navy Gold Star website please submit your thoughts and a photo.

Petty Officer 1st Class (PO1) John Michael Miller was born on November 17th, 1981, the only child of John H. and Lanita (Sconce) Miller Smith in Columbia, Missouri. Known as “John” in the Navy, “Michael” by his family, and “Mike” by his buds, he was respected and loved by all. 


Sports and the Navy were his life. Between playing soccer from the age of 7, to making the all-state team in high school, he knew sports, both college and pros. An avid fan of the Jayhawk Men's basketball, St. Louis Cardinals, and pro basketball and soccer, his knowledge of different sports and players amazed others.


Michael was so highly successful in his Navy Career that at the time of his death, he had qualified for an early promotion [Chief Petty Officer]. All the while, he never let his family know of his Navy success or high security clearance.


Michael was a giver and team player even in the Navy. He gave the gift of life in death, through organ donation. He was a loving and fabulous son and a friend to many. Our hearts are still broken at his passing. 

Michael passed away tragically on February 17, 2021.