Roger Martin “Marty” Millar, Who Served with Valor and Distinction During the Vietnam War, Dies at Age 81

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April 9, 2014

Lieutenant Colonel Roger Martin “Marty” Millar, P.E., F.ASCE, who while serving in the First Engineer Battalion of the First Infantry Division during the Vietnam War earned no less than 14 medals for heroism in combat, passed away in his home in Germantown, Tennessee, on March 22, 2014, at the age of 81. Born June 23, 1932, in Bluefield, West Virginia, Millar graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 1958, where he was a member of the Honor Committee, Chi Epsilon, Theta Tau, and Phi Delta Theta. After graduation he was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), where he served from 1958 until his retirement in 1979. A graduate of the Airborne School and the Command and General Staff College, Millar would go on to earn his master’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University. With the USACE, Millar served tours of duty in Korea, Germany, and the Panama Canal, but it was while serving with the First Engineer Battalion of the First Infantry Division in Vietnam that he earned his highest distinction. Millar earned 3 Bronze Star Medals (one with “V” device for heroism in ground combat and two for meritorious achievement in ground operations against hostile forces), 2 Meritorious Service Medals, 4 Air Medals for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight, 2 Army Commendation Medals, and 1 Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with a Silver Star. During his military career he was also awarded 2 Distinguished Service Medals for exceptional service. Following his military service in 1979, he worked as a construction manager and civil engineer for Holiday Inn Worldwide, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery Corporation, and the Palm Beach County (Florida) School District. At the time of his passing he was still providing consulting services in construction management. Selected as Engineer of the Year by ASCE’s Palm Beach Branch and recognized as Government Engineer of the Year by the Florida Engineering Society, Millar served as ASCE’s UVA Student Chapter president and as president and treasurer of the Engineering Club of Memphis. Active with several engineering associations, Millar was a life member of the Society of American Military Engineers, a fellow of the Florida Engineering Society, a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, and a life member of the Military Officers Association of America. On his 80th birthday, Millar received a proclamation from Shelby County (Tennessee) Mayor Mark Luttrell Jr. to commemorate his lifelong accomplishments and to proclaim June 23, 2012, as Roger Martin “Marty” Millar Day.

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