Not a Gentleman’s War: An Inside View of Junior Officers in the Vietnam War by Ron Milam

Not a Gentleman’s War: An Inside View of Junior Officers in the Vietnam War is the story of the 5,069 junior officers who died in Vietnam as well as the ones who survived.  We learn all officers were volunteers. Even a draftee who attended Officer Candidate School had to volunteer to go to OCS. Based… Continue reading Not a Gentleman’s War: An Inside View of Junior Officers in the Vietnam War by Ron Milam

Just For Fun – Pictures of Where I Have Lived

I thought it would be fun to collect pictures of the houses I have lived in from birth to my current 60 plus years. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, but it was fun putting these together. Below is visual proof  of my lack of “roots”, that is my not feeling… Continue reading Just For Fun – Pictures of Where I Have Lived

Family Photos Before an Overseas Assignment

In the late 1950s, my father received orders with an assignment to the United States Embassy in Quito, Ecuador. One of the good things the government did back then was make a family photo before each overseas posting. In the picture is my dad. He is in his early thirties old. My mother is in her… Continue reading Family Photos Before an Overseas Assignment

Reflections of Growing Up a Military Brat

Have you ever sat down with a cup of hot coffee and reflected on your life? Go ahead; raise your right hand if you have done it. If you are looking in my direction, you will see I have my hand lifted high. I admit I have had many of those melancholy moments. No, I am… Continue reading Reflections of Growing Up a Military Brat

True Comfort

I want to share with you a story of “True Comfort.”  I recently was reading 2 Corinthians 1: 3 – 5 in my Bible. Here are some principles I gleaned from the Bible passage. Introduction Have you ever known people who despite tragedy were able to offer comfort to others? I know a woman who… Continue reading True Comfort

The Library Card

In my mind, it’s Saturday, September 11, 1964. My family has just moved into base housing on Biggs Air Force Base in El Paso, Texas. Dad had my little brother and me get in our 1964 Ford Galaxy 500 car. It was a beautiful Turquoise Metallic. Our destination was the base library. We have set… Continue reading The Library Card

Baseball on KBAT, 680, AM, San Antonio, Texas in 1963-64

In June of 1963 my family moved from Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix, Arizona to Seguin, Texas. Seguin was thirty miles east of San Antonio and near my mother’s family. The reason we moved was my dad’s orders to go to South Vietnam for a one-year tour of duty. He would be there from August… Continue reading Baseball on KBAT, 680, AM, San Antonio, Texas in 1963-64

Friday Nights at the El Rey Theatre

I grew up in the 1950’s and 1960’s. 1959 found me living in Glendale, Arizona. Dad’s duty assignment was at Luke Air Force Base. Base housing was under construction at the time, so we lived in town, not on the air base. Our family would move into the military housing in February 1960. While living… Continue reading Friday Nights at the El Rey Theatre

Armed Forces Day 1965

Armed Forces Day 1965 holds special memories for me. It was a big deal for a military brat. I was living on Biggs Air Force Base in El Paso, Texas. Living on a USAF base was wonderful as an eleven and twelve years old boy. I had so many other boys my age to play… Continue reading Armed Forces Day 1965

Camp Wehinahpay

In the 1960’s, military brats made good Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. I was a Cub Scout in Arizona, a Webelo in Sequin, Texas and a Boy Scout in El Paso, Texas. A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. Every Friday night from November 1964 to… Continue reading Camp Wehinahpay