South Missouri Chapter of VHPA

Coast Guard Aviator

Naval Aviator

Marine Aviator

South Missouri Chapter of VHPA


James Miller Biography

I enlisted in the Army in February 1959. I served eight years as enlisted man attaining the rank of Sgt. First Class E-7, then 12 years as a commissioned officer, retiring with the rank of major.

After enlisting I entered basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. It was a cold training time while there but would not compare to the cold I would encounter 20 years later. After basic training I was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. During this assignment I traveled to Camp Perry, Ohio to help sponsor the national rifle matches.

From 1960 to 1963 I served in Germany and in January 1963 I went to the 7th Army non-commissioned officer academy. It proved to be very helpful for my enlisted promotions .

James Miller

Air Force Aviator

Air America


Army Aviator

My next assignment was to the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas and then a short assignment again to Fort Leonard Wood, then to Vietnam for my first tour from 1965 to 1966. I was assigned to the Military Advisory Command (MACV) working with the Republic of Vietnam forces and the Republic of Korea forces. During this tour I was promoted to the rank of staff Sgt. E-6.

Upon returning stateside I was assigned to Camp Roberts, California and involved in training reserves in summer camp. During this time I was promoted to Sgt. first class E-7. In 1967 I applied for and attended infantry OCS at Fort Benning, Georgia graduating as leadership graduate and a 2nd LT., Infantry.

After an initial assignment to the 7th of the 6th Infantry at Fort Hood I reported for flight training at Fort Wolters, Texas, class 68 – 38 (blue hats). From there I went to Fort Rucker, Alabama to finish flight school, graduating in January 1969. My assignment after flight school was back to Vietnam assigned to the company 123rd Aviation Battalion (Warlords) in the 23rd Infantry Division (Americal Division). The Warlords flew combat assault, aerial recon, sniffer missions, and snatch missions. We were a rather unique aviation company by having a blue infantry platoon as part of our organization. During recon’s if suspicious personnel were cited we would insert the blue platoon from the slicks circling overhead, grand the suspicious personnel and take them to the POW compound for interrogation. Needless to say this often resulted in a firefight rather than a simple capture. I flew slicks, Charlie model gunships and the AH-1G Cobra gunship. The majority of my flight hours were combat assault flying and cobra attack helicopter.