Polk County


Lt. William "Bill" Miles
Photo-Drake University 1942


Except for Mother, All of Frank Miles Family Is in Army

DES MOINES, (AP)—Except for mother, the whole Frank Miles family of Des Moines is in the army now.

Capt. Frank Miles, state selective service official and editor of the Iowa Legionaire, disclosed the enlistment of his second son, William B., 18, in the army air corps.

Frank Miles Jr., 20, became an army aviation cadet the day war was declared. Captain Miles has no other children.

William was center on the Drake University freshman team last fall.  On Sept. 5, he played center on the west team in the East-West All-Star Iowa high school football game.  As center and captain of the Roosevelt high team here in 1940, he received All-State recognition.

Source: The Mason City Globe-Gazette, Friday, January 2, 1942


Major Frank Miles, public relations officer for the Iowa selective service organization, received word last week that his son Second Lt. William Miles, 21, Liberator bomber pilot had been killed in action in Italy. Lieut. Miles was an all-state high school football center for Roosevelt high in 1940, starred in track and attended Drake university before being sworn into the army air corps at the Fort Des Moines army post in December 1941.

The message in which his death was reported was received by his widow at her home in Helena, Ark. He is survived by his parents and one brother. Lieut. Frank Miles, Jr., a bombardier stationed at Albuquerque, New Mex.

Source: The Estherville Daily News, June 15, 1944


Bill and Kathleen Miles-unknown photo date