History for the Millikin family goes back to World War I and is current today with Michael, who is serving with the U.S. Marine Corps and has recently returned from the war in Iraq. Michael joined the Marines in February 2001.After basic training, schooling and specialized training, he was assigned as a parachute rigger with the 2nd Marines, 2nd Force Recon.
was assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 5th Platoon.The MEU was attached to the USS Nassau Amphibious Assault Group
prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
(right) returned recently to Red Bluff.
During the nine months Michael
was deployed, which was extended because of the war, his
unit visited the United Arab Emirates, Macedonia, Greece, Bahrain, Djibouti, Kosovo, Rota Spain, Kenya, Kuwait and Iraq. Michael received a meritorious promotion to his present rank of corporal because of combat action in Iraq where his unit was directly involved in the capturing of Ba'th party officials in the town of Al Hayy.
...Fred, Michael's father, has two brothers and a sister who have served in the Army.
hasn't made up his
mind whether or not he
will make a career out of the Marines
, but when the time comes to make that decision he
may take the option of joining another service just for the experience.Michael
will be returning to Camp Lejeune, N.C., after spending a few weeks visiting with family in Red Bluff.