Bill Miller's service in Vietnam changed the path of his life, opening a door for police work and bolstering his commitment to helping others.
In 1967, Bill Miller was a junior at Marquette University in Milwaukee, the son of a professor who taught there, when he joined the U.S. Navy.
"I joined the Navy because I didn't want to go to Vietnam," said Miller, 67, of Rib Mountain. So what happened? The Navy enrolled Miller in what he called "storekeeper school," and in July 1968, he was sent to Vietnam. Miller was assigned to a supply depot in Da Nang, "close to China Beach, like the television show," he said.
The supply depot was in essence a giant warehouse, and it was under steady rocket and mortar attack, Miller said. ...