|William ''Bud'' Miley|
Gen.Miley was born 26 Dec. 1897, at Fort McArthur, California, the youngest child of Brevet Lt. Col. John D. Miley and Sara M. Miley. His background was U.S. Army for five generations with both grandfathers being West Point graduates as were his father, brother, uncle, and son.
General Miley graduated from West Point in June, 1918. While a cadet, he was a national intercollegiate champion as a tumbler, as well as on the rings and parallel bars. Immediately upon graduation, he joined the First Division in France. There followed a succession of military assinments, one of which was PMS & T at Mississippi State College. Starkville, Mis., where he married Miss Julia A. Sudduth. He also had duty at Langley Field, VA, returned to West point as Director of Athletics. Infantry duty followed in Panama and Fort Sam Huston, Texas and the Philippine Islands.
In 1940, the then Major Miley was ordered to organize and command the first U.S. Army parachute unit, the 501st Parachute Battalion and was promoted to Lt. Col. Shortly thereafer, he organized and commanded the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment, which was the first airborne regiment formed. Gen. Miley was then ordered to Camp Clairborne, Louisiana, to be Assistant Division Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, which was being organized.
Early in 1943, Gen. Miley coordinaded the activation of the 17th Airborne Division at Camp Mackall, N.C., and commanded it through training and combat in World War II.
After the war, he commanded the 11th Airborne Division in Japan and Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He organized and was Director of Joint Airborne/Troop Board that formulated future airborne/parachute plans, techniques, organisations, equipment, and doctrine. He was Comander, U.S. Army, Alaska, and retired in 1955 while Chief of Staff, Continental Army Command, Fort Monroe, VA.
After retimerend he joined the brokerage concern of Merill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and Beane. After a second retirement in 1976, he mowed to Starkville, Misisippi.
The members of the 17th Airborne Division Association are proud to salute our commander, Major General William M. Miley