A native of Los Angeles, CA, Mike was drafted right out of college at Oregon State University in 1966, did basic and advanced infantry training at Fort Ord, CA before being accepted to Artillery OCS at Ft. Sill, OK. Lt. Milliken spent his remaining two years in the Army at Ft. Sill as Executive Officer of the Non-commissioned Officers Academy and as a gunnery instructor.

In civilian life, Mike developed and operated several tennis clubs in Central California before moving to Newport Beach and getting his captain’s license. He spent 20 years operating boats in Southern California waters before retiring and moving to Arizona.