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Correctional Officer William A. Miller

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, May 3, 1946

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Reflections for Correctional Officer William A. Miller

Rest in peace officer miller I watched alot of alcatraz videos and your picture and story tells a whole lot you were awesome I always wanted to visit alcatraz island the prison closed 9 years before I was born

Cherilynn Sorensen

April 19, 2021

I'm proud to call you family. Rest in peace Uncle.

John Steimel

January 31, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 22, 2020

Rest in peace Correctional Officer Miller.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 11, 2020

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies...

Rest in peace.

Dennis Holmes, Lieutenant
Federal Bureau of Prisons

October 22, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 67th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 9, 2013

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

January 4, 2013

May gd bless you for what you did and what you went through. Youll never be forgotten

Robert Schultz

December 22, 2012

Today we rang a bell for You this Correctional Officers Week. God bless


May 5, 2010



May 5, 2008

Each day I read the ODMP. Today I read the story of your death. Every officer who gave his/her life for us need never be forgotton. Rest in peace, sir. You are a true hero.


Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

March 21, 2004

My Grandfather Charles (Gil) Hurley served with Officer Miller on Alcatraz Island, and was there during the riot and subsequent attempted prison break.

Officer Miller was described by my Grandfather as the unsung hero that actually prevented the jail break by hiding the master jail key in the toilet where he and other Officers were being held hostage.

Had the inmates gotten the Key from Officer Miller (who refused to disclose the location of the key, sacrficing his life), this situation would have expanded past the cell house and outside the prison itself, risking the lives of families that resided on the island.

Officer Miller you are a true American hero, you sacrificed your life so that many innocent people would live. During my Law Enforcement career I will strive to have the same standards you set during your career. May God bless you and your family.

Don Hurley Jr.
(son of Don Hurley Sr. Grandson of Charles (Gil) Hurley.

Officer Don Hurley
Eloy, Az. Police Department

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