Born August 15, 1917 in
Pittsburg, PA the same year as the
Revolution and the entrance of the US into
World War I and the
same year as the birth of
John F. Kennedy.
James grew up on
farm and attended the one-room school house "Uniontown" where both his father
Oscar and Grandfather Levi had taught years before. He remembers milking
cows in the morning and he arrived on his first day of school by horse and
buggy. He was named Oscar but his father never liked the name and he went by
James (see 1920 census here where he is
listed as Oscar Jr. and see 1930 census here
where he is listed as James). He graduated from Sebring High School
(see HS class photo from 1935 here) with classmate Rosemary Woods (later famous as President Richard Nixon's secretary.)
His brother Don wrote a touching remembrance of life on the Miller farm (go
here) and the story of how he
retrieved a photo of the family on the farm in 1937 (here).
During the depression he attended college at both Kent State and Ohio Sate as well as
working on the farm then working for Ohio Bell. He joined the
army on February 11, 1941 ten months before Pearl Harbor and spent two years in the
South Pacific with the 37th Division. He then attended Officers Candidate School and went
overseas as Signal Officer with the 191st Signal Repair Company on the Ledo Road in
He was married to Rosemary Scanlon on October 5, 1946.
After the war he returned to Ohio Bell and retired in 1978 and moved to Florida.
He was remembered for his intellect and wit but best of all by his children
for his unselfish devotion to his family (see
picture) and read the remembrance by Tom of his father (here).
Jim: 1920's, 20's, 1930's, 1940's , 40's,
50's, 50's, 1960's,