Lieutenant Colonel Douglas "Dougie" Milford was a United States Air Force officer, specifically assigned to investigations concerning UFOs. In his later years, he was the publisher of the local newspaper, the Twin Peaks Gazette. He was known to marry often, lastly to Lana Budding Milford.
In 1927, former scoutmaster Douglas Milford was "living in sin" with Pauline Cuyo, the estranged daughter of Dayton Cuyo, the owner of the Twin Peaks Gazette. During this time, he claimed to have seen a giant and a man-sized walking owl near Glastonbury Grove and gained a three triangle marking on his forearm. Subsequently, he became the town drunk until becoming a drifter in 1929.
Dougie enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. During wartime, he was a sergeant in the Air Corps and was charged with black market trafficking of Army liquor and cigarettes. Despite the charges being dropped, he was demoted to White Sands Missile Range in 1945.
By 1947, he was transferred to an air base in Roswell, New Mexico, where he observed the debris from the infamous UFO crash. There, he saw General Nathan F. Twining as objects were being loaded into an ambulance.
Following this incident, claiming to have seen something similar during an interview with a Regular Army lieutenant, the then Corporal Milford was promoted to the grade of Major and was assigned to Project Sign by the Air Force. General Twining was his commander. He investigated alleged UFO sightings, such as Kenneth Arnold and the Maury Island Incident, as well as the one of captain Einer Jennings and the abductions of Margaret Coulson, Carl Rodd, and Alan Traherne. He most likely was a "Man in Black," sighted in a black Buick Roadmaster sedan.
By 1966, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and began working under President Richard M. Nixon, who was his White House source "M" when Vice-President of Eisenhower. He secretly continued Project Blue Book for Nixon by gathering allies for 4 years, keeping it secret from other agencies such as the CIA who refuse to convey information to the president's office. Nixon eventually showed him a facility with many UFO related objects and even the survivor of the Roswell accident. After the demise of Nixon, his only trustful ally to continue his activities in Twin Peaks was a man from the FBI who was recommended by Nixon: Gordon Cole.
At age 60, he returned to Twin Peaks, where he took over the Twin Peaks Gazette and renamed it the Twin Peaks Post after the death of then editor/publisher Robert Jacoby. He used his newspaper to prevent any news about the construction of the base to leak. When the Mayor investigated, Douglas sent in the FBI agents Gordon Cole and Phillip Jeffries to falsely report it to be part of Reagan's "Star Wars" Project.
In bed with Lana, Milford died of a heart attack, wearing a gold ring with a green stone or gem on his right little finger, which he had already been wearing before the marriage.
Behind the scenesEdit
According to Harley Peyton, there was consideration of casting writer William S. Burroughs – a fan of the show – as Dougie Milford. However, this idea was ultimately scrapped when it was deemed too expensive.
The Secret History of Twin Peaks contains a minor continuity error for Milford's middle name. Early in the book, his middle name is stated to be James, but his obituary states it to be Raymond.
His enlistment form states that he had no distinctive marks although he should have already had the three triangle marking from his scout years' abduction.