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This website, and the Scions organization, is dedicated to all the veterans who served with the 17th Airborne Division at any time during its period of activation. The site is administered by the "Scions of the 17th Airborne Division, Inc.", an organization chartered by 17th veterans to honor the service of all its veterans and to insure that the story of the 17th Airborne is told. The website will be updated to add information and documents related to the 17th Airborne.

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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. He was one of five generations of U.S. Army: 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, on the rings, and on the parallel bars. Immediately upon graduation, he joined the First Division in France. There followed a succession of military assignments, one of which was PMS & T at Mississippi State College, Starkville Miss., where he met and married Miss Julia A. Sudduth. He also had duty at Langley Field, VA and returned to West Point as Director of Athletics. Infantry duty followed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and in Panama 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. After being promoted to Lt. Col. shortly thereafter, he organized and commanded the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment, which was the first airborne regiment. Gen. Miley was then ordered to Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, to be Assistant Division Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, which was being organized at that time.

 

Early in 1943, Gen. Miley coordinated the activation of the 17th Airborne Division at Camp Mackall, N.C., and commanded it throughout 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 the Joint Airborne / Troop Board that formulated future airborne/parachute plans, techniques, organizations, equipment, and doctrine. He was Commander, U.S. Army, Alaska, and retired in 1955 while Chief of Staff, Continental Army Command, Fort Monroe, VA.

 

After retirement he joined the brokerage concern of Merrilll Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and Beane. After a second retirement in 1976, he moved to Starkville, Mississippi.

 

The members of the 17th Airborne Division Association are proud to salute our Commander, Major General William M. Miley.

Gen William M. Miley

Commander 17th Airborne

 

Lt Colonel Stanley Johnson

Commander 139th AEB

 

Lt Colonel John W Paddock

155th AAAB

 

Col Maurice G Stubbs

Commander 193rd GIR

 

Col James R Pierce

Commander 194th GIR

 

Maj James J Kenny

Commander 224th AMC

 

Captain Cecil D. Land

Commander 411th Quartermaster Co

 

Lt Colonel Edward S Branigan

Commander 464th PFAB

 

Lt Colonel Kenneth L Booth

Commander 466th PFAB

 

Colonel George V. Millett Jr.

Colonel Edson Raff

Commanders 507th PIR

 

Colonel James W Coutts

Commander 513th PIR

 

Major Frank T. Hancock

Commander 517th Signal Co

 

Lt Col Paul F Oswald

Commander 680th GFAB

 

Lt Colonel Joseph W Keating

Commander 681st GFAB

 

1st Lieutenant Woodrow W. Mackey

Commander 717th Ordnance Co

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