This is the life and times of
Pfc Jimmie Millican after joining Hq Co 1st Bn
501st Prcht Inf from October 30, 1942 to the June 11, 1944
when he killed in the battle of Graignes.
Home between October 1942 to June 1944
(The writing below is from Lois Hutto,
Jimmie's cousin. She is the little blonde girl
above along with Jimmie's nephew Mike.)
I have copied some pictures of the family to
make the letters more understanding. The
pictures were made when he came home on
leave just before going to Fort Benning.
We left Oklahoma City bound for California
sometime in 1940 or 1941. Jimmyís Dad was an
oil man who had some bad luck and went
broke. He worked in the oil fields after
that in several states then in the shipyards
When Jimmie decided to go in the army he
went back to Oklahoma to join. The first few
letters are when he got to Oklahoma City.
Then he went to Fort Sill and then on to
Toccoa and Fort Benning. To me the letters
are interesting because they follow a
paratrooper all the way to England.
Jimmieís Sister Mildredís husband was in the
Air Force, they were in California awhile
then went to Greenville, SC and then Demming,
New Mexico. He was in pilot training,
ended up a navigator. He was from a pioneer
ranching family in Carlsbad, N.M. The
reason we ended up there after the war. Then
when they started building the labs at
Los Alamos we went there.
There is a letter from Jimmieís Dad included
in these letters. We arenít sure he ever got
this letter. It was in the personal effects
they sent home after D-Day. Uncle Jim got
of California and went back to
Oklahoma-Texas oil field. In the last few
letters Jimmie is talking of his concern
about Aunt Ruth and Mike making the trip to
In the end my Mother and Father and I went
with her as far as Amarillo, TX and my Dad
went back to the oil fields there.
We were only in Amarillo a few days when
Mildred called trying to get in touch with
her mother because she had been notified
that Jimmie was MIA. Soon after that we were
back in Oklahoma City and it was there that
we were notified he was KIA. My Mother
and my Aunt were very close so we stayed
with them for a number of months after that.
I would like to see these letters preserved
in some form of publication.