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Number of Pages: 236
Vendor: Xulon Press
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 9.02 X 5.98 X 0.5 (inches)|
Author: Doug Milliken
Located in: Orange, CA
Submitted: August 01, 2015
Tell us a little about yourself. Doug Milliken is a retired Automotive Engineer turned author. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross. He lives in Orange, CA with his wife Candia. Today he volunteers his time to the Freedom Committee of Orange County, making presentations in school classrooms and helping veterans of all wars put their war stories into Power Point presentations for their visits into school classrooms, as part of the Orange County California Living History program. He is a former 4-time National Karting Champion, and finished his career as Manger of Motorsports Engineering for Honeywell Turbo Technologies, developing turbochargers for worldwide racing programs.
What was your motivation behind this project? There are so many reasons. First was to leave an accounting for my future descendants. Another was to set the record straight for loved ones who may have made false assumptions about my military service or my faith. Perhaps most important it was for my own therapy, revealing all about what I held inside for so long, so that I would not take dark secrets, or light ones, to my grave.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? This is a book about major life changes - upheavals. As a son of a West Point Army officer, I attended ten different schools from first through twelfth grades and these transitional adjustments were preparation for some much larger moves in adulthood. I hope readers will receive an increased understanding of what major life transitions are like for those who go through them, whether by choice or not - the transition from combat infantryman to productive citizen, the transition from agnostic to believer in Christ, and how challenging it can be when one's life is turned upside down and all your acquaintances don't understand why you should be different. It is often said that people don't change, but I beg to differ. Often the change is not perceived or appreciated by others, and "Testimony of The Protected" will shed light on what it feels like to experience fundamental life upheavals.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Since I thought very little about my military experiences for the forty years after my discharge, when I eventually began to dig into the past, during the first year of writing it caused a series of depressions, during which I stopped writing and questioned whether I wanted to finish this book. Old stuffed fears were brought back to life. When each depression lifted in a week or two, I resumed writing until the next stoppage. The further along I progressed, the more determined I was to finish, and not quit. In the second year of writing the depressions were lighter and farther between. It caused me to seek out Veterans Administration assistance to deal with PTSD, which is something I never thought I suffered from until I wrote this book. So writing this book impacted me profoundly.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Jerald Beery, author of the book "Twelve Days in May" was my inspiration to write this book. I was a foot soldier in the largest helicopter assault of the Vietnam War, the Cambodian Incursion, but only knew what I saw and heard about the operation, titled "Binh Tay I" which means "Pacify The West." Jerald's book, published in 2010, was all about that one operation. Jerald interviewed many participants and researched military archives and his work put my experience in historical perspective. I could not have told my complete story without Jerald's work, and that work allowed me to tell my personal story within Jerald Berry's historical framework.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I grew up racing go karts on the east coast, and continued that in adulthood on the west coast. I was able to parlay that experience into my profession as Manager of Motorsports Engineering at Honeywell Turbo Technologies (Garrett Turbochargers) and my group developed tubochargers that boosted the last ten consecutive 24 Hours of LeMans overall winners - Audi, Peugeot, Bentley. We also developed turbochargers for Indycar and World Rally factory teams.