WW II author brings personal stories to October LEC

Posted: June 19, 2013

HOWELL – World War II author and executive director of the George S. Patton Foundation, Robert H. Miller, will be the keynote speaker at the final Livingston Economic Club Speaker Series event Oct. 10.

The event is Thursday, Oct. 10, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Johnson Center on the campus of Cleary University. Tickets are $45 or $320 for a table of eight. Tickets are available at www.cleary.edu/lec/tickets.

“Our final speaker is just as powerful as our first two,” said Grace Farley, coordinator of the event. “Many of us have veterans in our families and we don’t know much about what they went through or go through during their time in military service.”

Miller’s father, Herbert Henry Miller, died in 1994. A month later Robert and his mother discovered the Red Cross diary he had kept while a prisoner of war (POW) during World War II. Miller spent three years researching and writing the story of his father’s experience as a POW. The book is entitled, “Hidden Hell: Discovering My Father’s POW Diary.”

In 2009, while visiting Normandy, France to mark the 65th commemoration of D-Day, Miller met Helen Patton, granddaughter of Gen. George S. Patton. In 2010 Miller became the executive director of the Patton Foundation in America. The foundation focuses its efforts on putting into practice Gen. Patton’s concerns for the welfare of American soldiers and their families.

Miller collaborated with Andrew Wakeford on his second book, “Portraits of Service: Looking into the Face of Veterans.” “Portraits of Service” chronicles veterans’ experiences through their own words, with photos by Miller and Wakeford.

For the last 16 years Miller has traveled to Europe, China, India, and Brazil as a consultant in the field of advanced LED lighting and technology design for the global auto market. He has been a professional photographer for thirty-six years and is the recipient of several international awards. He and his wife, Colleen, live in Canton, Michigan, and have five children.

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