James Blake Miller
(born July 10, 1984) is an American Iraq War
veteran, who served in the United States Marine Corps
and was dubbed "the Marlboro Man
" / "Marlboro Marine", after an iconic, close-up photograph of his dirt-smeared, battle-weary face, with a cigarette planted in his mouth, was published on the front page of more than 150 American newspapers in 2004.Luis Sinco, , Los Angeles Times
, November 11, 2007.
Because of his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder
, Miller is now separated from his wife and family and currently lives alone. He is unable to discuss certain things that happened in Fallujah
, and has joined the Highwaymen
, a motorcycle club under constant scrutiny by law enforcement.Luis Sinco, , Los Angeles Times
, November 12, 2007.
Miller grew up in Jonancy, Kentucky
. As a boy, he embraced religion, even going so far as to become an ordained minister
. Not interested in working in the coal mines
, Miller joined the United States Marine Corps
with the intention to eventually work in law enforcement
. Before shipping off, Miller took his high school
sweetheart, Jessica Holbrooks, to the mountains outside Pikeville, Kentucky
and asked her to marry him after his return; she agreed.
Miller became part of Charlie Company
of the 1st Battalion
, 8th Marine Regiment
, a unit which took... Read More