Army major from here dies climbing Andes

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

A Frankfort native and decorated Army major died over the weekend in a mountain climbing accident in Bolivia.

Maj. Kenneth R. Miller Jr., 40, was climbing in the Andes Mountains Saturday along with another officer and tour guide. The three perished while attempting to climb the 21,000-foot Mount Illimani, officials at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz reported.

Col. Paul Kappelman and Vicente Perez, a Bolivian national guide, also died. Their bodies were identified late Tuesday, said the Embassy's spokeswoman Melissa Clegg-Tripp.

Miller graduated from Franklin County High School in 1980 and enlisted in the military shortly thereafter. He did a tour in the President's Old Guard and attended Kentucky State University before earning a chemical engineering degree at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.

He was a member of the Army's Special Forces unit and received a master's degree in international relations from Yale University in 2002.

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