George E. Miles, 93, of Rumson, passed away Wednesday,
Aug. 17, at home. George has made his home in Rumson for the past 47
years. He was a proud graduate of Brooklyn Prep and the University of
Notre Dame, where he received his Bachelor's Degree.
During World War II,
George served as a captain in the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne, 508th
Parachute Infantry from 1942-1946. He jumped on D-Day in Normandy and
served in campaigns in Rhineland, the Battle of the Bulge and Central
Europe. George was decorated with a Purple Heart, the American Campaign
Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/Bronze
Arrowhead, WW II Victory Medal Distinguished Unit Badge.
George was the Vice
President of Sales for Milton Can Company, Elizabeth when he retired in
1987 after 25 years of service. He was a parishioner of Holy Cross Roman
Catholic Church, Rumson. He was involved with Little League Baseball, a
former member of the Rumson Fair Haven Board of Education and the Deal
Country Club, and well-known for filming swim meets at Peninsula House
George was predeceased by his first wife, Kathleen Kelly Miles; his
second wife, Elsie Dalton Miles; a son, Michael Miles; brother, Thomas
Miles; and a sister, Marilyn Miles. He is survived by two sons, George
A. and wife Nancy of Branford, Conn., and Daniel K. and wife Ellen of
Rumson; four daughters, Kathleen and husband Joseph Blackwell of
Leonardo, Julia Miles of Acton, Mass., Dolores Miles and husband James
Lackey of Maplewood, and Madeleine and husband Gregory Holland of Colts
Neck; two step-daughters, Alice and husband Richard McKee of Kingsport,
Tenn., and Betty and husband Jerry Watts of Bellflower, Calif.; and 17
grandchildren, George, Kevin, Gregory, Dan, Maggie, Bridget, Michael,
Sam, Miles, Nicole, Kathryn, Brendan, Erin, Casey, Carly, Tricia and
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at the Thompson
Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. A Mass of Christian Burial will
be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at Holy Cross Church, 30 Ward
Ave., Rumson. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown.
Published in Asbury Park Press on August 18, 2011
(courtesy of "Kat")
Grave marker for George E.
Miles and his first wife, Kathleen, in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery,
Middletown. New Jersey.
George served with the
508th PIR from early 1942 as a 2nd Lieutenant rising to the rank of
Captain. At various times he was assigned to Headquarters Company,
2nd battalion, Company E and Service Company in various capacities.
He was wounded in action
on 13 June 1944 in Normandy, France and was hospitalized for nearly two
months recuperating from wounds in both legs.
Captain Miles received the
Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman badge and the Bronze Service Arrowhead
device for action during the Normandy, France Campaign, 6 June 1944 to 9