1899 (Feb. 5) With exceptional gallantry and the highest qualities of leadership, Miles dashed forward, many yards ahead of his men, calling on them to follow, and drove the enemy from their position. After his commanding officer was mortally wounded, Miles assumed command, ordered an advance to continue, and went along the line with utter disregard of the hostile fire and urged his men forward on Feb. 5, 1899, near Manila, Philippine Islands. “His splendid example of personal heroism, courage and coolness furnished the needed inspiration to the wavering command and resulted in the successful accomplishment of a seemingly impossible attack.” That’s the description on the Arlington National Cemetery Web site of the 14th Infantry, of which Miles was first lieutenant when he earned the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism from the US Army.
1899 (February 5) Spanish American War the Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Perry L. Miles, First Lieutenant, US Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Manila, Philippine Islands.
During the attack by two companies of the 14th Infantry on blockhouse No. 14 and adjacent trenches strongly held by insurgent forces, when the commanding officer was mortally wounded, the advance was checked and the troops were partially demoralized in the face of a heavy concentrated fire from the front and both flanks, Lieutenant Miles assumed command, ordered the advance to continue, and went along the line with utter disregard of the hostile fire and urged his men forward.
Then, with exceptional gallantry and the highest qualities of leadership, he dashed forward, many yards ahead of his men, calling on them to follow, and drove the enemy from their position. His splendid example of personal heroism, courage, and coolness furnished the needed inspiration to the wavering command and resulted in the successful accomplishment of a seemingly impossible attack.
1920 Census - Leavenworth, Kansas. Perry Miles is at the Fort Leavenworth US Military Reservation.
1921 (December 28) Washington DC, District Of Columbia. Colonel Perry L. Miles marries Mary Latta Stott. They make their home at Fort Leavenworth, KS.
1930 Census Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA. Perry Miles is listed as a university professor. Colonel Miles, professor of military science and tactics, appears on Royce Hall steps in uniform following the Dedication
ceremony. Known formally as the "Dedication of the New Campus and New Buildings of the University of California at Los Angeles", the event brought together regents, professors, students, alumni, and representatives of other educational institutions for four sessions held on March 27 and 28.
1932 Miles was promoted to brigadier general.
1932 (April 1) to 1936 (March) General Miles commanded the 16th Brigade, Military District of
1961 (Sept. 30) Last Will and Testament of Perry Lester Miles
As he did in life through service to his country, Miles wished to leave a mark on his community by willing his farm and items of historical value to the residents of Johnstown and Liberty Township. In his last will and testament, dated Sept. 30, 1961 -- less than a month before his Oct. 17, 1961 death -- Miles requested his farm, residences, buildings, furnishing and personal effects, books and antiques be kept and maintained as the Longwell and Miles Memorial Estate for the purpose of religious, educational and recreational good and benefit to the residents of Johnstown, Liberty Township and surrounding community. His will further outlined that the estate be used to provide for the safe-keeping of items of historical value to the community; to provide a gathering place for groups interested in the betterment of mankind through religious and education study; and to provide suitable environment for picnics, camping and recreation areas, for the youth of the community.