Tuesday, May 25, 2010

National Half-Mast for the death of a Warrior Leader

Mass of Christian Burial
May 25, 2010
10:45 AM
Location: Fort Myers Chapel [Map]

Location: Arlington National Cemetery [Map]

General Miley was born in Boston, Massachusettson February 14, 1915. He graduated from historic Boston Latin Schooland began his military career at the United States Military Academyat West Point. He graduated from the Academy in June 1940 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps. His first station was at Fort Monroe, Virginia, where he was assigned to the 2nd Coast Artillery Regiment. In December 1941, he moved with the 57th Coast Artillery to Hawaii, to garrison the north shore of Oahu.

General Miley returned to the U.S. in late 1942 and, after a tour at the Anti-Aircraft School, the Army assigned him to the 33rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group. He remained with this organization through its training phases at Fort Bliss, Texas and Desert Training Center. In February 1944, his outfit moved to New Guinea, where they participated in the leap-frog operations, executed by the Army along the northern coast of that island.

In January 1945, the Army detailed General Miley to the Ordnance Corpsand he departed New Guinea for Manila. He served in Manila in successive commands of the 189th Ordnance Battalion and the Ordnance General Supply Depot until September 1946.

Following World War II, General Miley served on the faculty of the Ordnance School at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and in 1947 he embarked on advanced education tour at Northwestern University. He received his Master's Degree in June 1949 and remained an additional year at Evanston, pursuing advanced studies in economics and statistics.

In 1950, the Army transferred General Miley to Frankford Arsenalin Philadelphia, where he served as comptroller and then as Works Manager. After three years at Frankford, General Miley went to Heidelberg, Germany, for a three-year tour as a staff officer at Headquarters U.S. Army Europe.

General Miley returned to the U.S. in June 1956, attended the Army War College and in 1957 moved to Washington, D.C. to become chief of tank-automotive procurement in the Office of the Chief of Ordnance.

In December 1961, he became Commander of the Advanced Weapons Support Command, Pirmasens, Germany. In March 1963, he was assigned to Heidelberg, where he served as the Ordinance Officer for the Headquarters of U.S. Army Europe. Returning to the U.S. in March 1964, General Miley was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Materiel Commandas Deputy Director, Procurement and Production.

In August 1966 he was reassigned as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics (Programs and Budget), at Army Headquarters. General Miley remained in this position until June 1969, when he was named Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command, and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. On 1 November 1970, he was promoted to the rank of General and became the Commander of U.S. Army Materiel Command until his retirement in February 1975.

After retirement, General Miley worked for the American Defense Preparedness Association in Washington DC. He lived in Lusby, MD for 35 years as he enjoyed retirement with trips to Spain, China and throughout the USA. The Miley’s eventually built a home in Tampa, Fl. Where they spent winters while traveling back to the DC area to be with his children and grandchildren.

General Miley’s wife Lillah Brooks Miley is living in their home in Tampa Fl. He is also survived by his children, Henry Miley III, of Leesburg, Va., Melissa G. Miley, of Stuarts Draft Va., and step son Ken Brooks of Lexington Park, MD. He is also survived his sister, Ruth M. Lally of Boston MA.

Mass of Christian burial will be offered on Tuesday May 25, 2010, 10:45 AM in Fort Myers Va. Chapel, with interment and full military honors to follow in Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.

Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Port Republic, MD.

Memorial Contributions
U.S. Military Academy
West Point, New York

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