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Walter Millis


Walter Millis, American journalist. Served as Second lieutenant Field Artillery, (in the United States), 1918.


Millis, Walter was born on March 16, 1899 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Son of John and Mary (Raoul) Millis.


Bachelor of Arts, Yale University, 1920.


He later became the director of the Fund for the Republic's study of demilitarization in 1954. Millis, widely recognized as a historical writer, wrote eight books including: Road to War: America 1914-1917, This is Pearl! The United States and Japan—1941, Why Europe Fights, Viewed Without Alarm: Europe Today, Arms and Men: A Study of American Military History, The Martial Spirit: A Study of Our War with Spain, and An End to Arms. He also edited The Forrestal Diaries.

Millis was born in Atlanta, GA, the son of John Millis, a regular army officer, and Mrs. Mary Raoul Millis. He graduated from Yale University, although his studies were interrupted by World War I, when he joined the Army and became a second lieutenant in the field artillery. He received his A.B. degree from Yale in 1920.

They had two children, Walter Millis, Jr. and Sarah (Millis) McCoy. He was survived by six grandchildren.


  • Other Work

    • Author: The Martial Spirit, 1931. Road to War, 1935


Served as Second lieutenant Field Artillery, (in the United States), 1918. Clubs: Elizabethan (New Haven).


Married Norah Kathleen Thompson, April.; married second, Eugenia Benbow Sheppard, May 6, 1944. Children: Walter, Sarah.

John Millis

Mary (Raoul) Millis

Eugenia Benbow Sheppard

Norah Kathleen Thompson

Sarah Millis

Walter Millis