Biography of Douglas C. Miles – Douglas C. Miles was born in Florence South Carolina in Oct. of 1946 and was one of five sons of Raleigh J. Miles. He grew up on a dairy farm second of five boys in Florence County. He graduated from J. C. Lynch high school in 1964. One week after gradation (June 9th) he reported for Navy boot camp in San Diego, California as a “kiddy cruiser” at the age of seventeen years. Upon completion of such he attended aviation ordnance “A” school in Jacksonville, Florida then went on to the fleet for aviation ordnanceman aircrew training with VP-31 for the P-5. Once this was completed he requested “brother” assignment to serve with his brother Raleigh Miles Jr. in VP-50. Doug and Raleigh made the 1965/1966 tour to Vietnam with Doug flying in crew five and Raleigh flying in crew one. Upon return to the states in 1966 Raleigh’s enlistment tour was completed and he returned home. Doug returned to Vietnam with VP-50 for the 1966/1967 tour continuing to fly with crew five. Upon return to the states he participated in VP-50’s transition from P-5’s to P-3’s. Doug completed his enlistment in Oct. of 1967 and returned to South Carolina.
Using the GI education bill Doug returned to school and received a degree in civil engineering technology and construction management. Doug married his high school sweetheart in 1968 and they have two children, April and Doug Jr.. Doug is now the proud grandfather of three.
Doug is now semi-retired from the engineering and construction business living at his home in Birmingham, Alabama spending lots of his time fishing at his retirement home on Grand Isle, Louisiana. Doug is a Senior Project Manager who has worked and lived in many different locations both national and international. His project assignments included chemical, petrochemical, herbicide, ammonia fertilizer, power, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical, foods, tobacco, commercial, water-treatment, wastewater treatment, foundry, and airports.
Doug has been a member of MMA for more than 10 years and looks forward to serving as your president.
(Cover Story) A Pensacola, Florida P5M Report /Jack A. Page
A Unique PBM Squadron / Robert L. Saloschin, LCDR, USNR (Ret.)
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VP-44 Crew Sets Open Sea Taxi Record
2011 Reunion Registration Information
Flying the PBY-3 Near the Grand Caymen / Cal Christensen USN Retired
Tender Care for Navy’s Flying Boats /1953 “All Hands” Article
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