Vietnam War Helicopter Pilot to Speak at Miami Valley Veterans Museum in February
Provided by the Miami Valley Veterans Museum
TROY - James E. Miller, of Troy, Ohio, a helicopter pilot in 1967-68 in the Vietnam War, and his son, James Patrick Miller, will be the guest speakers at the 9 a.m., Feb. 1, 2023, monthly meeting of the Miami Valley Veterans Museum.
Of the Vietnam War, Miller says, “We were there to stem Communism. I believed that then, and I still believe it.”
Miller’s father, Eli Miller, a recipient of a Purple Heart, was a machine gunner on an armored half-track in the European Theater during World War II and never talked about his war experiences. As Miller’s seventieth birthday approached, his son, James Patrick Miller, decided that he wanted to write his father’s story as a birthday gift. The two co-authored and published “Warrior Two Six: A Vietnam Helicopter Pilot’s Story” detailing his deployment to Vietnam.
At Fort Rucker in Alabama, Miller learned to fly basic training helicopters and then the Huey helicopter (UH-1D) and the specific skills necessary in Vietnam.
At age 21 in February of 1967, Miller was off to Vietnam where he indicates, “In Vietnam it was like nothing we’d ever done. In World War II there was a front line; in Vietnam, the enemy was everywhere. We were always on alert, could never let down, for if we did, the enemy would strike. We were shot at every day.”
The meeting is open to veterans and friends and families of veterans.
The book will be available for purchase for $15. Refreshments are available beginning at 8:45 a.m. at the museum, located at 2245 South County Road 25 A in Troy.
Following the meeting Dr. Vivian Blevins, a faculty member at Edison State, with extensive experience in teaching college students and telecommunication employees to write their memoirs/autobiographies, will meet briefly with veterans who are interested in writing their stories. Blevins says, “I have so many college students who know little to nothing about the military service of their relatives. I want to encourage those who have served to provide their history with photographs and words. The story is what is important whether it’s five pages long or 50.”