Miller Ray Van Eaton was born on Nov. 23, 1923, on his home ranch at Olive, the sixth of nine children born to John Frederick and Hazel Trella Van Eaton. He went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 14, 2012.
He grew up on the ranch in the midst of the Great Depression, helping with all the ranching duties. He was an excellent marksman and horseman, and could ride a horse bareback at a full gallop. He attended country schools through the eighth grade, and then moved to Roswell, where he attended Roswell High School. He lived with his older sister Hazel and younger brother Tom while attending high school.
The day after high school graduation, he was sworn into the Army Air Corps at Fort Bliss in El Paso. He was a proud World War II veteran, serving with the 5th Air Force, 312th Bomb Group, flying combat missions as a gunner on an Login to read more