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Brigadier General Perry L. Miles

Brigadier General Perry L. Miles: Johnstown's "Hometown Hero"

Photo of Brig. General Perry L. Miles, seated in uniform, circa 1930s.
Perry Lester Miles was born in Westerville, Ohio, on October 15, 1873. His parents were James Alexander Miles and Mary Esther Longwell Miles.

Although Perry attended school in Johnstown during his youth, he eventually graduated from a Columbus high school in 1891 and immediately went to West Point. He graduated from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1895. 

On December 28, 1921, Colonel Perry L. Miles married Mary Latta Stott in Washington, D. C. They made their home at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where the Colonel was serving his country. 

1921 photo of Perry wedding party, with male members in uniforms and females holding flowers against floral backdrop.

Miles was promoted to brigadier general in 1932. In 1937, Brigadier General Perry L. Miles retired. He had served in the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Resurrection, on the Mexican border during the period of the Punitive Expedition, and in France during the First World War. 

In addition, Perry authored The Infantry Soldier and Fallen Leaves: Memories of an Old Soldier.

After his wife's death in 1949, Perry spent his life in Johnstown, Ohio ,at his home on South Main Street. After his death, this home was sold to the United Telephone Company (CenturyLink) that is currently beside the Johnstown Presbyterian Church. 

UCLA Inspection, circa-1929 (Miles on the right)

The Brigadier General died on October 17, 1961, in Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D. C. He was buried in the family mausoleum at Arlington National Cemetery.

He was one of the oldest living graduates of West Point. 

Read more about Perry's service to his country at:

In addition, and in order to satisfy one of the Brigadier General's final requests, a museum in his honor has been established within Johnstown Intermediate School.



Johnstown Historical Society Miles Resources

Perry L. Miles Scholarship

Poem: "The Deed of Lieutenant Miles," Feb. 5, 1899

Poem composed by Clinton Scollard in 1899 to memorialize Perry L. Miles' historic and battle-winning charge.