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Robert George Millard
Robert George Millard was born on 23 August 1930 in Providence, Rhode Island. He entered West Point on 3 July 1952 from
the Army National Guard. He was in Company K 2, played lacrosse for one year, and was the Company First Sergeant his
First Class year. He graduated on 7 June 1955 and was commissioned in the US Air Force.
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Robert G Millard K-2 entered into the presence of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ at 12:37 PM CDT today Aug 16, 2011, at his home in Nassau Bay, TX.
The medical supply company had just put up the hospital bed for the Hospice Nurse and we had just made up the bed and put him in it. He had been asleep since last night with labored breathing. And after the transfer in the bed he stopped breathing. His 81st birthday is Aug 23.
Thanks for your prayers through this past 2 years.
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How I got my appointment to West Point
Bob is not able to write emails so I am entering his story. He has told this story many times so I feel that I have a pretty good grasp of the facts He has remarked many times how lucky he was to go to West Point. I just wish I knew the name of the Colonel who made sure he was appointed to the Prep School. In my research for dates, I found that Richard H Gray I-2 was accepted for the Prep School at the same time and was from the RI National Guard.
Kitty Millard wife of
Robert G Millard 20224 K-2
1 AUG 2010
When Bob was growing up in Providence, R.I., it probably never occurred to him to apply to West Point. It was his mother who wanted her two sons to get a college education. Sadly she died when he was 14 and never saw him graduate from high school much less a college as prestigious as West Point. Bob did the right thing and took the college track curriculum. He graduated in Jan. of 1948 from MT Pleasant High School. His Dad was not enthusiastic about him going to college. Bob realized that if he was going to college, he was on his own. He decided to work for the rest of the semester and continued to work to build up his savings account until the fall of 1949. During the summer of 1949 he applied and was accepted for the fall semester to the University of Rhode Island (then known as Rhode Island College). Sometime during that school year at the invitation of his brother, he joined the National Guard. Bob was also told that it wouldn't take a lot of time and besides that they would get paid. Little did he know that his Guard Unit would be activated for the Korean Conflict the summer of 1950. He had just finished his freshman year where he placed number 1 in his engineering class.
All of a sudden his plans were changed and during the summer of 1950, Bob went with his RI National Guard Unit down to Camp Pickett near Black'stone, VA. He was a member of the 118th Engineer Battalion. While at Camp Pickett, his CO asked him if he would like to go to West Point. He questioned why? The Colonel told him that he had noticed his leadership ability and thought that he would make a good officer. It was an opportunity for a college degree. The Colonel assured him that he didn't need an appointment from a Congressman. He would put in the paper work and recommend him for the Prep School. Though he had never thought of a military career, Bob thought that going to West Point sounded a lot better than being here. Going to West Point would be a lot better than going to Korea (actually the NG Unit ended up going to Germany). He told the commanding officer, YES!
A few days later he was on his way to the Prep School in Jan of 1951. In May he passed all the tests including the physical-- that is all except for his teeth. His teeth were big, crowded and some crooked which would require that some be pulled and all straightened before he could enter West Point. He was shocked when the dentist looked at his teeth and said you cannot be accepted with those teeth! Bob asked what can be done and the dentist said, “Get rid of your teeth”. Bob asked, “You mean, have them all pulled out”, and another Dr spoke up and said no, you need to have on braces. He was told that if the braces were on prior to the next Tuesday, he would be accepted. Bob took five days leave and found an orthodontist in Newburgh who took him on as an experimental patient. Bob asked, "How much will this cost?" He said, "How much do you have?" Bob told him $450 and he said the cost is $450. Actually he gave it back to Bob at the end of the 5 days. Not only did he give the money back, but he allowed Bob to sleep on a couch in his office at night while he worked on his teeth. When Bob reported back to entrance committee on Tuesday, he went before the Dr and smiled a big smile to show off his braces. The guy said, “You are in! “ I wonder if the guy ever thought he would see Bob again that soon. This was confirmed several days later when received a letter written on May 31, 1951 telling him that he had received his appointment as a cadet with the class of 1955. He was to report July 3 no later than 11 AM. He wore the braces his plebe year. (His teeth are still straight!)
Bob had taken flying lessons at age 15, belonged to several flying clubs in RI, and loved to fly, so upon graduation from West Point, he chose the Air Force as his branch of service. That Colonel probably never realized how much his suggestion would effect Bob's life. Actually Bob ended up with a million dollar education, a pilot’s license compliments of the USAF, and straightened teeth. He has always looked upon the summer of 1950 with amazement and realized that though it didn't seem so at the time, it all worked out for his good.
Bob had a successful career with IBM and the space program with NASA, but because of the chemotherapy he has received for the Acute Myeloid Leukemiat, he only remembers the time from childhood to 1965 when he resigned from the Air Force. Although he has always had a problem remembering a person's name (in his confused state sometimes he doesn't know my name) he still remembers the names of his Company mates from K-2. Thank you all for leaving your imprint in the memory of this good man.
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TAPS Check List
(5 May 2011)
Here is my contribution for Bob Millard's Story. I hope it is acceptable and correct. Fortunately in his other life Bob was very organized and had his Air Force papers in a binder. As far as I could tell the DD214 was not complete and I could not find a DA-66. I probably included too much but the writer can pick and choose and even use the delete button!!
1. Birthplace and date - Providence, RI on August 23, 1930
2. Parents - Alfred Edward and Fannie Hilton Millard. Mom died when Bob was 14 and Dad died in 1965 just as Bob was starting his career with IBM at NASA's Manned SpacecraftCenter in Houston.
3. Siblings -1 older brother William Edward Millard Bill was 18 months older Bill lives in North Providence RI.
4. High school graduated from (plus info like class officer, etc.) – Attended and graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in Providence, RI in January of 1945-January 1948
5. High school sports (what sport, position, team Captain, honors) - He played basketball for 2 years and and ran track for one year.
6. Other High school activities (Band, Honor Society, etc.) - Bob played a trumpet in the High School Band for 4 years.
This was written by his picture in the Mount Pleasant High School annual: Quiet Bob spends his spare time bowling and flying...Thinks blondes, airplanes, and new cars are wonderful...English and long skirts do not agree with him...Aeronautical engineering in the future... (Note from Kitty--I am originally blonde. He got a MS in aeronautical engineering and was an AF pilot)
7. Non-school activities (e.g., Scouts, Church etc.) – Boy Scouts 1943-45, Air Scouts 1945-47 and active member of Roger Williams Baptist Church, Providence Rhode Island. He was a member of the Flying Pilots Association of Providence RI, Sept 1947-Oct 1948. According to his High school annual he was quite a bowler.
8. Civilian College and/or Military Academy Prep School - Attended University of Rhode Island in Kingston RI for 1 year--Sept 1949- June 1950, School of Engineering. Attended USMA Prep School Jan 15, 1951-July 2, 1951. Bob received a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT on June 8, 1962. Member of Sigma Chi at MIT.
9. Civilian College sports - checkers (in prep school annual)
10. Prior military service, branch and rank - Member of the Rhode Island National Guard that was activated for Korean Conflict. Bob was a member of the Co A, 118th Engineer (C) Battalion Aug1950-July 1951. He was a Cpl GR E-4. He was stationed at Fort Pickett VA
11. Type of appointment to USMA - Reserve Component Competitive-- serving in Army after National Guard Unit was called up for the Korean Conflict. How He got to West Point in on his personal web page.
12. USMA Roommates – Plebe year—Ted Gay, Jack Doyle and Paul Parks. No idea of the other years.
13. Close friends at USMA - Not sure. Bob, Dick Traut and Ted Gay went to Europe after yearling (sophomore) year.
Ted Gay wrote this: We started at Westover AFB, MA, to catch a Space Available flight to Frankfurt. Bob and I got out first and together. He and I toured Frankfurt, then we went to Basle, Switzerland, where my mother's college roommate lived with her Swiss husband.
Dick caught a later flight and joined us shortly after we arrived in Basle. Bob went back to Frankfurt and caught a flight back home while Dick and I toured Switzerland, Italy and France, returning in time for Summer training.
14. Wife info, including how you met and place of marriage - We met on a blind date in March of 1957 while Bob was attending an Air Force School of Navigation at James Connally Air Force Base in Waco TX and Kitty was a senior at Baylor University. We had 9 dates in 10 days before Bob was off to a new assignment as a B-47 pilot (Strategic Air Command) at Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville AR. Kitty grew up in Katy TX and graduated from Katy High School in 1954 and Baylor University in May of 1957. We were engaged in July of 1957 in Wichita KS while Bob was with at McConnell AFB, KS attending B-47 Transitional Training School. We were married in Katy TX on Nov 30, 1957. Kitty taught Girls' Physical Education at Pulaski Heights Jr High in Little Rock and later Biology at Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville AR next door to the base.
15. Children info - Michael David Millard (born Jan. 20, 1960) married to Cynthia Garner Millard Oct 25, 1986. Children Meredith Diana (born June 13, 1990 and Michael Garner Millard (born Dec 19, 1992. Michael is a Baylor Grad-1982 as well as Cynthia. Meredith attends Baylor now and Garner will attend in fall of 2011.
Baby Girl Millard stillborn August 29, 1962 buried at the USAF Academy Cemetery.
Richard Scott Millard (born February 24, 1964) married to Emi Burke Millard July 18, 1987. Children Mie Elizabeth (born May 27, 1992); Mika Katherine Millard (stillborn May 14, 1994); Milton Burke Millard (born May 30, 1995) and David Burke Millard (born June 5, 1997). Richard graduated from Baylor in May 1986. Emi is a Baylor grad- 1986; Mie is a Baylor student 2010.
16. Suggested and/or preferred author for TAPS article – Whoever feels led to do it.
17. Others who can fill in gaps about you - Not sure
18. Classmates with whom you served - Del Jacobs, Bob Sherman, Bob Strickland, Al Sheldon, at Pilot Training. Dan Geran was a pilot at Little Rock Air Force Base but in a different squadron . Ted Gay, Ray Karam and Zach Hagedorn were at MIT but with the Army group. Del Jacobs and Robert McKelvey at Air Force Academy taught in same Astro dept. There were other classmates at the Air Force Academy when we were there in different departments.
19. Major military assignments (include DD-214 and DA-66 data) –
1st LT on June 3, 1958
Capt on December 30, 1959
3300th PLT Tng SQ, ATC, Graham Air Force Base Mariana, FL June 1955-Mar 1956.
3640th PLT TNG SQ, ATC, Laredo Air Force Base, TX March 1956-Aug 1956.
James Connolly Air Force Base Waco, TX Oct 1956 -March 1957.
Bob arrived at LRAFB, Jacksonville,AR, in April of 1957. While Bob was at LRAFB the 384th wing took trips to stand alert in Fairford England and Moron Spain. Like most SAC bases they also stood alert at LRAFB. He had a transitional school at McConnell Air Force Base June 1957-August 1957. He finished just in time to leave for Stead Air Force Base,NV for a month of survival school.
AFIT stationed at MIT Cambridge MA June 1960-June 1962
USAF Academy June 1962 -June 8, 1965
Assistant Professor, Department of Astronautics. Sept 1962-June 1964
Fall 1964 Instructor in Math Dept 254 Digital Computer programming and Beginning Numerical Analyst.
Spring 1965 Course Director of Computer Science 254.
Separated from the Air Force on June 8, 1965. He resigned after his duty assignment of teaching for 3 years at the USAF Academy, CO. One of the main reasons for his resignation was that the Space Program was beginning and he felt that he could use his MS in Astronautics and Aeronautics by participating in the Space Program at Houston TX.
Though his Air Force Career was 10 years, Bob did receive the following awards:
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Longevity Service Award
The National Defense Service Medal
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship
Command Pilot rating
I found the 4 ribbons and the pilots wings. I am hoping that I identified them correctly.
20. Second career info - System Analyst, Advisory Analyst and manager with IBM from June 1965 to March 30, 1990. Bob worked as a IBM contractor for NASA at the Johnson Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston TX. He was involved in the Gemini, Apollo, Apollo- Soyuz Test Project, and the Shuttle.
21. Additional Comments – Whatever Bob worked at, he did a good job. Outstanding person in Navigational School, STANBOARD pilot when he was at LRAFB which won him a trip to Offutt. He was honored at IBM with various awards and trips.
Retirement from work started on April 1, 1990. He enjoyed his time from that day until Sept 1 2009. He spent much of his time on his computer--everything from paying bills to solving problems on an Internet Flight group. He heard from people all over the world. He loved to make sure that things were fixed. He spent a lot of time taking care of his swimming pool which he used a lot. When he worked at IBM, he came home for lunch and a dip in the pool when the weather was cooperative. He swam laps in the summer because what else can a person do for exercise in 100 percent humidity. His motto from July to September 1st was to head for the mountains of the northwest. When the boys were young, the Millards camped and backpacked. When the boys left home, Kitty and Bob spent most summers in Wyoming, or Montana or Oregon. Several years they went to the Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. In 1990, Kitty and Bob drove to Alaska on the Alcan highway from Houston TX and came back on the marine highway which is a wonderful ferry system. In 1995 they drove east to Newfoundland. That was a great trip also. From 2000 -2008 they spent their summers in Red Lodge MT and West Yellowstone , MT sightseeing, fly fishing, participating in the local activities and enjoying the great outdoors.
Beginning in 2003, Bob has supported Kitty in her ministry to Vietnam Veterans as they attend reunions in various places and reunite these veterans after 40 years. She has accounted for over 2000 Vietnam Veterans to this date.
Bob is a very dedicated Christian and has served his local church, Nassau Bay Baptist Church through the past 46 years. He has served as a trustee, church treasurer, and a Sunday School Teacher. Members always appreciated his wisdom and problem solving. He was always generous giver. His motto was that things were not his to begin with. His beloved swimming pool was used as a baptismal fount on more than one occasion. Whether it was a luau for 100, a youth group, a birthday party or swimming lessons for preschoolers, Bob loved to share his swimming pool. When his boys were younger, he coached soccer and helped with their scouting activities. Bob has established two scholarships in 2 unversities - one in honor of his wife and another in honor of a beloved pastor and his wife. He has been a wonderful husband, father and father-in-law, and grandfather. To understand the definition of selflessness, one could have observed the life of Robert G Millard.