As I mentioned in a recent post, courage, valor and love of country transcends time. The Bible clearly states that “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13. Green Beret Staff Sergeant Robert Miller displayed courage, valor and love for country on January 25, 2008 when he “gave his life for his friends” – namely 22 men who were ambushed in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. While this blog is generally devoted to the American Civil War, I feel compelled to honor today’s heroes as they are no less worthy than those who fought to save the Union.
As reported by FoxNews.com, Miller was on a mission to locate high value targets in the Kunar Province. On Miller’s team were eight elite U.S. troops and fifteen Afghan troops. They were surprised, while moving along a rocky, snow covered trail, as shots rang out. His captain was immediately wounded and the small squad was forced to take cover. Miller, recognizing they were surrounded by a much larger force, ran towards the enemy emptying his rifle into them. Hit twice in the chest by rifle shots, Miller’s heroic actions provided the squad the necessary time to escape. He was described as holding his rifle when he died.
Sergeant Nick McGarry described Miller’s actions, “”I would see him go to another place, attack that area, attack another area, attack another area. I can honestly say, if he wouldn’t have done that, we probably would have gotten flanked and a lot more people would have died.”
Staff Sergeant Miller, a natural linguist, was 24 years old when he gave his “last full measure.” Today, he will receive the highest military honor the United States bestows on its soldiers, the Medal of Honor. He is a true American HERO.
To read the complete article on Miller, as reported by FoxNews.com, click HERE.