Today -- we got our hair cut at the JOHNS II Barbershop in Pace. Many veterans, like Mr. Miller, enjoy that barber shop for the kind of cut but also the kind of customer. They feel at home there. My cousin, Rogene Kilpatrick introduced me to the shop about 10 years ago when we moved back here. Even as he lay dying , his barber, (Dee) came to him at home to cut his hair. It turns out - Dick Miller and my Cousin, Rogene ("Pat" Kilpatrick) were in the same Marine unit in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in Korea. Rogene was in Co. H (HQ Co as radio central) and Dick was in Co. G - an infantry company. Miller wears a Marine Veteran cap. "KOREAN WAR VET". It has 3 purple hearts on it. I overheard a part of his story. His survival can be classified as a miracle. It think Korea left a dark hole in my cousin Rogene too. This item was found in his effects after he died.
|A young marine is cropped by Navy Vet, Ken
We drove to the Landing near the Springs and I explained the Fort Mims Massacre and that is why David Crockett was at this very spot in 1814. Crockett was scouting against the hostile Creeks with his allies - the Choctaw.
We drove to Chumuckla for a picnic BBQ lunch at Oake's. I learned from Katy they are going to go to 4 days a week in four different locations now. Tue at Milton, Wed at 5 Points, Thurs at Elyssa's, and Fri at Oakes in Chumuckla (but maybe soon at the crossroads).
University of Florida Agricultural Experiment Station . And he likes BBQ.
|Dick Miller and Ryan at Hall's Hardware
I am going to help him find a source of lumber 24" square and 1-7/8 " thick to use for special designs in a new CNC (laser wood cut ) machine at his Son's house near Whiting Field. Several local sawmills might have it in pine or juniper. He needs a supply pretty soon.
In learning about Mr. Miller - one discovers eventually that he is a PhD Polymer Chemist and PhD Chemical Engineer and BS History graduate. His career involved serial inventions and entrepreneurship with over 300 patents. It is an amazing story of survival and thriving in America.
UPDATES over time:
Recognizing one of wounded at NAS Pensacola attack.
A visit with Marine Legend in Milton - Red James
Veterans Day with some Corpsmen and a Marine
Insight to Dick Miller - Facebook post
Coffee time and checking on the wounded.
Young Marines share with Old Marine
The Shooting Range with Miller
CHOSIN Battle Documentary Night with Dick FB POST