Ron Milam was honored for his civilian public service in teaching military history.
Ron Milam, an associate professor of history, vice president of the Faculty Senate, a Fulbright Scholar to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and a faculty adviser to the Veteran's Association at Texas Tech University, was recently inducted into the Army's Officer Candidate School (OCS) Hall of Fame Class of 2015 in Fort Benning, Georgia.
According to a letter from Major Gen. Austin S. Miller announcing the induction of Lt. Milam, the Hall of Fame recognizes leadership excellence in both military and civilian public service.
“It is a great honor and one that was totally unexpected because I was a ‘one and done' soldier many years ago,” said Milam, a combat veteran of the Vietnam War. “When they told me of the criteria for induction, I didn't meet any of them except, perhaps, ‘achieving national and international fame from traits learned at OCS.' I was one of only five inductees out of 28 this year who were not career military, and one of those was posthumously, having been killed in Vietnam. So I truly believe that my induction is based on my career here at Texas Tech, my teaching of military history, study abroad in Southeast Asia, and the many students who have benefited not only from my experience as an officer in Vietnam but also my subsequent scholarship and book.”
Milam teaches U.S. history, the Vietnam War and graduate and undergraduate courses in military history. He wrote the book, “Not a Gentleman's War: An Inside View of Junior Officers in the Vietnam War,” as well as a chapter on the Vietnam War in the “Companion to Military History.” Two other book projects are in the works: “The Siege of Phu Nhon: Montagnards and Americans as Allies in Battle,” about one of the most significant battles in the late days of the Vietnam War, and “Cambodia and Kent State: Killing in the Jungle and on the College Campuses,” on the American incursion into Cambodia in 1970 and the subsequent campus demonstrations that resulted in students' deaths. He also is under contract to write a two-volume book, “The Vietnam War and Popular Culture.”
Milam is a member of the Texas Tech Vietnam Center Advisory Board; the board of directors of the David Westphall Veteran's Foundation, which operates the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park in Angel Fire, New Mexico; and the Texas Aviation Historical Foundation. As a member of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, he serves on the content advisory committee for the new education center at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
As a member of the Hall of Fame, Milam joins notable OCS graduates including:
- Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger
- Former U.S. Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh
- Gen. Frederick J. Kroesen Jr., retired
- Gen. James J. Lindsay, retired
- Gen. William F. Garrison, retired
- Former Sen. Robert “Bob” Dole
- Ron Neumann, U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan