In November, I wrote a column about the five Ryan brothers
from DeKalb who all served in the military and thought at the
time I would never find another family with the same record.
Well, not long after the column appeared I received a call
from Virginia McMillion of Sycamore, whom I have known for a
number of years. She let me know her late husband Lane was one
of five brothers from his family who were all on active duty
over the years.
The oldest, Emmett Mac McMillion, joined the
Army in 1942 during World War II and was a supply driver for
a mobile hospital. Next was Jim who joined the Navy and did two
stints in the service (1948-52 and 1954-56). He was a radar operator
in the Mediterranean most of that time.
Next was Dean who served in the Navy in the Korean War
(1951-56) on the USS Kearsarge. Dean is the only surviving brother,
now living in Franklin Grove. For his 80th birthday five years
ago he went skydiving, his sister-in-law Virginia said. Her husband,
Lane, was a sergeant in the Marine Corps and served in Korea
from 1953-56. More about Lane later.
The youngest of the brothers, Randy, spent his career in
the Air Force, working as a helicopter mechanic, serving from
1957 to 1979. He took part in helicopter rescue missions in Vietnam,
Cambodia and Laos. He later served as an adviser to the Saudi
Air Force. After retirement, he worked for the McDonnell Douglas
Getting back to Lane, I knew him through our church and
went to his home to write about his hobby of building dollhouses.
Over the years he built 63 dollhouses, including several log
cabins. Many of them he donated for charity fundraisers and was
a regular contributor to the Pay-It-Forward House. Not only did
he build them, he also furnished each one with miniature furniture
he made himself in most cases. His widow Virginia still has the
large one he built for her, and a couple of others she cherishes.
So the McMillion family deserves our gratitude for their
unselfish service to our nation.
The five McMillion brothers from left to right are
Marine Sgt. Dean McMillion, Navy Seaman 1st Class Jim McMillion,
Army Sgt. Mac McMillion.. (Provided photos)Marine Sgt. Lane McMillionAir Force Master Sgt. Randy McMillion