Secret Life

Oldham resident Miller pens
new book in World War II era

Book signing planned
at Slugger Field in November

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (November 2010) – Jim Miller has written a book based loosely around his father’s secret life – the secret life of Army Counter Intelligence agents, that is.

Counter Intelligence book cover

Miller’s father, Jim Miller Sr., had a colorful career in the U.S. Army. During World War II, an organization was created in the army known as the Counter Intelligence. But not a lot is known about it because it was very secretive, said Miller.
His new book, “Counter Intelligence,” is a fictionalized account of Army Counter Intelligence Corps. agents and their exploits in North Africa and Europe. The book uses Miller’s father’s name, “but not his stories,” he said.
Miller was only 6 when his father gave brief glimpses into his life as a Counter Intelligence agent. “I’ve never heard others talk about it. I regret hearing older family members’ stories and not writing them down.”
He remembers being fascinated when his father would relate these tales, but can’t remember the details. When writing the book, he called several agents’ widows but found that “not one widow had credible information I could use.”
At the time, the agents had a “super secret plan, but very little support,” said Miller, 67. The 223-page book covers many largely ignored operations, including the Southern D-Day invasion of France, which took place on the French Rivera. This operation was comparable to the Normandy Campaign but not as contested, he said.
Miller will hold a book signing for “Counter Intelligence” from 5-7 p.m. on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, at Browning’s Brewery at Slugger Field in Louisville.
Also contained in the book are stories about raids on Nazi concentration camps. Such stories were repressed in America, said Miller, because President Franklin Roosevelt was concerned with anti-Semitism. Miller includes information about covert operations to discover and recover stolen Nazi war treasures.
“The first story deals with North Africa,” said Miller, who is originally from Monticello, Ky. He spins a tale about how agents successfully snuck behind German lines and stole documents.
This is not Miller’s first published work. He wrote “Heavy Jets” in 2006 based in part upon his experiences of flying 21 different airplanes during his 24 years in the U.S. Air Force. The book was published just as the C-141 jet was retired, he said.
The C-141 was the first jet transport that could deliver a package around the world within 24 hours. “It changed the world. It established the United States as a global military power.”
After retiring from the Air Force, Miller worked for UPS for 20 years and settled five miles south of La Grange. “I spent my life in airports. I wanted a book I could pick up and read a chapter quickly before stopping again.” So he penned “Counter Intelligence,” which he labeled “a quick read.”

• Published by iUniverse, “Counter Intelligence” can be purchased online for $15.95 at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. It can be purchased from E-readers for $9.99.

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