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Posted Date: 09/11/2018

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – As Americans across the country take time today to remember those lost in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001; Muskogee Public Schools remembers one of its own lost on that day.

Major Ron D. MilamArmy Major Ron Milam, a 1986 graduate of Muskogee High School, was conducting a meeting at the Pentagon when the plane, hijacked by terrorist, struck the Pentagon 17 years ago today. Major Milam lost his life on that day leaving behind his wife Jackie, an Air Force officer who was also in the Pentagon at the time, who was five months pregnant with their son Ron, Jr., a young daughter Myejoi Olivia and family.

In 2002, Muskogee High School’s gym was renamed Major Ron D. Milam Memorial Gymnasium. Milam’s number 13 basketball jersey was retired during a ceremony in 2008.

Milam was a starting point guard from 1982 to 1986 for the Roughers and played collegiately at Eastern New Mexico University Effie Milam, mother of Ron and former MHS English Teacher, stands in Major Ron D. Milam Memorial Gymnasium on the MHS Portales, New Mexico. He graduated in 1990 from ENMU with a business administration degree.

His mother, Effie, was an English teacher at Muskogee High School and father Tommie taught in Tulsa.

Major Milam has been awarded the Legion of Merit, the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Bronze Star, Cold Ward Certificate, and the Parachutist Badge. He served his country for 10 years.

Major Milam lays in rest at Arlington National Cemetery.