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'My Confessions from Vietnam' Reflects on a Year as a Sergeant on the Front Lines


Veteran's Day is a time when we honor veterans, but it's also a time when veterans reflect on their time in the service. They’re not always pleasant memories.

Mark Miller is an associate professor of business at Carthage College. But there was a year he once said he’d never talk about – a year spent as a sergeant on the front lines in Vietnam.

He broke his silence, though, with a memoir of that time, called My Confessions from Vietnam. It's a familiar story. "I always wanted to be a writer, so I kept a journal all the time I was in Vietnam. But when I got home I stuck it in the bottom of a drawer and forgot about it," says Miller. 

He was inspired to make his story public during a trip to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. "I was curious to see if all of them got back safely, and I was shocked to see that one of the people in my squad was killed in Cambodia after we were broken up. And that kind of brought the memories back." 

My Confessions from Vietnam was written with his daughter, Brooke Miller Hall. If you would like any additional information or may be connected to anyone who served with Mark Miller in Vietnam, please contact

Audrey Nowakowski hosts and produces Lake Effect. She joined WUWM in 2014.