Retired Army Col. Charles E. Miles Jr., 60, a transportation and logistics officer who was decorated for his service in World War II and Vietnam, died of a heart ailment Aug. 24 at his home in Marlow Heights.
A native of Seattle, Col. Miles graduated from the University of Washington in 1943 and received his Army commission in February 1944. During the remainder of World War II, he took part in the Allied invasion of Normandy and served in Italy, North Africa and the Pacific theater.
After the war, he held staff positions in San Francisco and Hawaii, studied political science at Georgetown University for two years and was assigned to the ROTC program at the University of Washington.
In 1954, he became an education and special projects officer for the Military Personnel Division in the Office of the Chief of Transportation here. He later held staff and command posts in Newfoundland, including command of a military ocean terminal, and was assigned to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff of Logistics at the Pentagon.
In 1968 and 1969 and again in 1972 and 1973, Col. Miles was a logistics officer in Vietnam.
His last assignment before retiring from active duty in 1974 was as special assistant for human resources to the commanding general of the U.S. Army Transportation Center at Fort Eustis, Va.
Col. Miles' military decorations included the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Survivors include his wife, Pauline L., of Marlow Heights, and two sons, Christopher M. and Marcus C., both of San Antonio, Tex.