Mark Vehring Miller
PVT in 603rd Engineer Camouflage Bn : HQ & Service Co
Born 1923 in VT, Died 2013
County of residence at enlistment: Windsor County, VT
Other residence(s): Boston, MA; Brooklyn, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Arroyo Grande, CA
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: occupations of manufacture of automobiles
College education before the war: School of Practical Arts
College education after the war: Art Institute of Boston
Mark Miller was born on March 16, 1923 in White River Junction, Vermont; he was the younger of two sons. He graduated from high school there in 1941, where his yearbook described him as "talented in the fields of art and dramatics" and quoted him as saying "I love to paint the likenesses of the fairer sex."
After high school he studied at the School of Practical Arts in Boston (now the College of Art and Design at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA). He also practiced his art during several summers in Rockport, MA, where he either worked for or studied with Harold Rotenberg, a prominent member of the Rockport and Cape Ann art colony.
He filled out his draft card in the summer of 1942, when he was working/studying with Rotenberg. But he went back to the School of Practical Arts that fall. He enlisted in the Army on April 26, 1943, where his work is listed as "occupations in manufacture of automobiles." This was likely a part-time or summer job, since newspaper articles show he was still studying in Boston in January, 1943.
Newspaper articles follow him through his presence at Fort Meade in October 1943, his promotion from PVT to PFC around that same time, his move to Camp Forrest in January, 1944, his arrival in England in the spring of 1944. his return from "overseas duty in France and Germany" for a 30-day furlough with his family in the summer of 1945, and his presence at Camp Shelby in Mississippi in November, 1945, right before his release from the Army.
According to newspaper articles he accepted a job in Boston in January, 1946, but was back in White River Junction a couple of months later, convalescing from an unnamed illness. He spent the summer of 1946 in Rockport.
He was living in Boston in 1949, and in Brooklyn during the 1950s. In the spring of 1956 he sailed to and from France for a 2 1/2 month stay.
He had moved to Los Angeles, CA by 1962, where he lived in the Hollywood Hills in the 1970s. He worked as a self-described "clothier," working with costumes and clothing actors for films.
He relocated to Arroyo Grande, CA in about 1982, where he and his long-time partner, Jim Cunningham, operated a small but well-reviewed B&B, where they hosted many of the celebrities Mark had worked with in Hollywood.
He died in Arroyo Grande on November 20, 2013.
1941 high school yearbook (clip attached)
1923 birth record
1941 article in the Landmark (White River Junction VT) re his high school graduation
1942 draft card
1943 enlistment record
1943 article in the Vermont Standard (Woodstock VT) re his education
1944 article in the Vermont Standard (Woodstock VT) re his military service
1945 article in the Vermont Standard (Woodstock VT) re his military service
1945 article in the Vermont Standard (Woodstock VT); confirms participation in 603rd
1946 article in the Vermont Standard (Woodstock VT) re his employment in Boston
1955 article in the Rutland Daily Herald (VT); says he is working in NY
1956 shipboard record for travel to France from NY
1956 shipboard record for travel to NY from France
1962 mother's obituary in Rutland Daily Herald (VT); says he is living in CA
1984 article in the San Francisco Examiner re the B&B in Arroyo Grande
2020 (Sept. 29) email from Jolene Henry of the Harvest Church in Arroyo Grande to Catherine Hurst