Eugene D. Miller, III
All American Post Commander - Marines

Agie, 75, died on June 30, 2018.

In the early 60s, Gene’s interests included ownership of "Me & Gene’s,” a bar on the South Side of Chicago, and AHRA Drag Racing (US 30 dragstrip and the International Amphitheater in Chicago) where he held a couple of records in his class for several years.

In 1966 Gene entered the United States Marine Corps, initially attending Boot Camp in Camp Pendleton, CA, then later Officers Candidate School and Officers Basic Training in Quantico, VA graduating as a 2nd Lieutenant.

In December 1967, he served in Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V,” Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V,” 3 Purple Heart Medals, 4 Vietnam Service Medals, and the National Defense Service Medal. Over the next 11 years, Gene traveled much of the world with the Marine Corps, including Quantico, VA; Ft Meade, MD; Camp Butler, Okinawa; Camp Lejeune, NC (which included sea tours in both the Mediterranean and Caribbean), Buffalo, NY, and finally Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington DC.

After departing the Marine Corps in 1979, he initially worked in private industry but quickly returned to Federal Government service with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). After three years with FEMA, he again went into the restaurant business with ownership of Clarendon Station in Arlington, VA. During this time, he began making countless friends that became such a big part of his life in later years. In 1989, he returned to federal service, working for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Board of Veterans Appeals Office. In 2008 Gene retired for the last time after serving as the VA’s representative to the National Operation Center under Homeland Security.

After retiring, Gene moved to Madeira Beach, FL, and spent much time traveling. Gene was a life member of the VFW 3150, DAV (VA-10), and Military Order of the Purple Heart, as well as a member of the American Legion Post 85, Sons of the American Legion Post 177, Fraternal Order of Police (NOVA 35), Elks Lodge 2188, Knights of Columbus Council 2473, Eagles (4147), Amvets (FL-8), Moose (2168) Fleet Reserve, Marine Corps League, and the Old Dominion Boat Club.

Gene is survived by his best friend Bonnie Britten; sisters Joan (Don), Raine (Rich-deceased), and the late Terry McHale; Brothers Don (Maggie) and Jerry (Patricia); Godchildren Jim, Lyn, Christy, and Amanda as well as numerous fantastic nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Gene is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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