Hi, I’m not going to talk about Gene today because I really didn’t know this man. Let’s talk about Genic the 2nd child of a family of 7 children. He, my brother Edju and I did what all kids our age did going up in our busy neighborhood. School, St. Mary’s, playground, Otis (summer fun) playing a million neighborhood games and, oh yes causing innocent mischief… well mostly.
Mom and Dad ran a pretty tight ship, Mom being the disciplinarian. Genic had a way of twisting things about so it was always Edjus’ fault and he’d get the devil. Well with so many kids we were never rich but we had plenty of food, clean clothes, and a nice house. Most important we were surrounded by, family, friends, lots of love and laughter.
WE JUST GREW UP HAPPY.
At 17 Genic came to me, he wanted me to talk to our parents about signing his papers. He wanted to enlist in the Army. He would be going into his senior year in high school. I tried to convince him to wait a year, graduate high school, and see how he felt then. Well that didn’t work so I talked to Dad and he signed the papers. Dad was a WWII Vet and tried talking but Genic was determined to go. So Sept. 1963 he enlisted and was gone. He served 3 years during that time, served 1 tour of duty in Vietnam and was discharged. Within the year he received a letter from the Army – he was being called back to active duty. His training as a Communications Officer was in demand. He would serve 1 tour and upon completion he’d be discharged. Well he didn’t believe them, so he just reenlisted, spent 15 years serving US and OUR country. He retired as Sargent Major Eugene J. Miller received his honorable discharge in 1978. During his 15 years he married Susan Diane and has 3 sons, Gene Jr, Michael, Carlton, 1 daughter, Heather, and 4 grandchildren.
I’d like to say he lived happily ever after but I can say he lived the best he could after PTSDS, Agency Orange, and whatever else he contracted.
So I’d like you all to love your brothers and sisters who serve our country. Reach out a hand in prayer to all of them for what they’ve sacrificed.
Love you Genic and Thank you.