BRAVE RIFLE Company ’69/’70
I was born in Chicago, Dec. 1948. The first home that I remember was my Uncle Frank’s basement. Before that, my family lived on a bench in Humboldt Park in Chicago. From the basement, we moved to a Housing Project on the southwest side of Chicago. I went to high school in the suburbs. We moved on an average of once per year from the time I was nine until I went to college in Wisconsin in 1968. I couldn’t relate to the hippies and draft dodgers, so I loaned (translates into gave) my father the money I saved for the next semester and bummed a ride to El Paso to see the world before my inevitable draft notice showed up.
I was infantry all the way. I didn’t go to jump school but was proud to be sent up to Northern I Corps in Thua Thien Province with the 101st Airborne Nov. ’69-Nov. ’70. I served with B co. 1st Platoon 1/327th Infantry where I served as a Pointman almost my entire tour. I made it home in one piece, much to my happy surprise.
I spent most of my working life doing roofing or carpentry, being a journeyman in both trades. In my adult life, I’ve lived in Houston, Conroe, and El Paso, Texas. Also Phoenix, Glendale, Payson, Apache Junction and Wittman, Arizona. Also Wheeling, Fox Lake, Antioch, and Spring Grove, Illinois. Also Racine, Kenosha, Trevor, and Salem
Wisconsin, also Dover, Tennessee. I’m currently residing in Apache Junction, Arizona for the second time. I have lived in many of those places more than once and I am sure that I have left out some places. I’ve lived in a tent, a few empty houses, and slept on the floor or couch of friends and family.
I finally figured out that it was PTSD kicking my butt all those years. I have two children, four step children, fifteen grandchildren as of January 2012. I have a good wife who’s been with me since Feb of 2005 and must love me ’cause we’ve been married over nearly six years and she hasn’t left me. (Some women have no taste in men.) I think she feels sorry for me unless she is a masochist. LOL The Bible would describe her as a “Wife of noble character”. We have four dogs, two lizards, and two snakes.
I’m a writer now, horror, police mystery, and military stories. Two of my books, “Mother Warned You” and “Toll of War/Vietnam” were published in 2004. “Mother Warned You” was republished in 2005 and again in April 2011. My novel, “Quiet Neighbors” was published in 2011 also. I’d like to publish “Brief Scares” , a collection of short horror stories soon. I’m hoping to have movies made from the three novelettes in “Mother Warned You”.
Erick W. Miller B-Co 1st Plt 1st 327th Infantry
Vietnam Service 30 Nov 1969 thru 9 Nov 1970
The Lord is My Shepherd!