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Col Miles Richard League

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Col Miles Richard League

Birth
Death
24 Sep 2010 (aged 89)
Burial
Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID
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Colonel Miles Richard League, USAF (Ret.), 89 of Greenville, passed away on September 24, 2010, at his home after several months of declining health.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ora Gibson (Gibby) League. He was predeceased by his parents, James Britt and Gabriella League; and six siblings, Britt, Russell, Barry, Elizabeth Rogers, Carol Surles, and Ruth Traynham. He was a special brother-in-law to Gibby's sisters who preceded him in death, Georgia, Betty, and Marie and is a beloved hero and uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.
Colonel League was a member of Earle Street Baptist Church and was a faithful bass in the choir. He was a member of the Poinsett Club and Green Valley Country Club. He sang in the Mackey Boys Choir as a young man and graduated from Greenville High.
Colonel League attended Erskine until joining the Army Air Corps in January 1942. He became a pilot in the Eighth Air Force, 93rd Bomb Wing and flew 23 B-24 missions during WWII from bases in England and North Africa. He flew the first low level bombing mission on the Ploesti Oil refineries in Romania. Later, he was shot down, interned in Sweden for three months, and then returned to service. He was again shot down over Germany, was captured and held in Stalag Luft I for 15 months before being liberated in May 1945. He returned to Greenville for a short time, married his fiancé, Gibby, then his love of flying drew him back to the Air Force.
Colonel League was a command pilot, flew SAC missions during the Korean War, commanded a Titan II Strategic Missile Wing, and flew C-130 missions in Vietnam. He belonged to the Order of the Daedalians. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, the European Theatre Operations Medal with eight Battle Stars, the POW Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and other Campaign Medals. The Leagues retired to Tucson, AZ, then returned to Greenville in 1987. They are blessed to have friends across the country and the world.

Colonel Miles Richard League, USAF (Ret.), 89 of Greenville, passed away on September 24, 2010, at his home after several months of declining health.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ora Gibson (Gibby) League. He was predeceased by his parents, James Britt and Gabriella League; and six siblings, Britt, Russell, Barry, Elizabeth Rogers, Carol Surles, and Ruth Traynham. He was a special brother-in-law to Gibby's sisters who preceded him in death, Georgia, Betty, and Marie and is a beloved hero and uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.
Colonel League was a member of Earle Street Baptist Church and was a faithful bass in the choir. He was a member of the Poinsett Club and Green Valley Country Club. He sang in the Mackey Boys Choir as a young man and graduated from Greenville High.
Colonel League attended Erskine until joining the Army Air Corps in January 1942. He became a pilot in the Eighth Air Force, 93rd Bomb Wing and flew 23 B-24 missions during WWII from bases in England and North Africa. He flew the first low level bombing mission on the Ploesti Oil refineries in Romania. Later, he was shot down, interned in Sweden for three months, and then returned to service. He was again shot down over Germany, was captured and held in Stalag Luft I for 15 months before being liberated in May 1945. He returned to Greenville for a short time, married his fiancé, Gibby, then his love of flying drew him back to the Air Force.
Colonel League was a command pilot, flew SAC missions during the Korean War, commanded a Titan II Strategic Missile Wing, and flew C-130 missions in Vietnam. He belonged to the Order of the Daedalians. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, the European Theatre Operations Medal with eight Battle Stars, the POW Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and other Campaign Medals. The Leagues retired to Tucson, AZ, then returned to Greenville in 1987. They are blessed to have friends across the country and the world.


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