KIA September 7, 2007
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry Regiment, Arizona Army National Guard, Phoenix, Arizona
Died September 7, 2007 of wounds he suffered when an IED struck his vehicle during a Ground Assault Convoy Mission in Zabul Province, Afghanistan.
Mykel enlisted in the Arizona Army National Guard on June 17, 2005 and graduated from Desert Vista High School in 2006. Immediately after graduation, he attended Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, becoming qualified as an 11B Infantryman. He was called up for federal service in support of the Global War on Terrorism on January 3, 2007 and deployed to Afghanistan in March 2007.
Excerpt from his mother, Maria Miller:
“He loved his family and although leaves behind two much younger brothers, they will always remember their older brother as his spirit will live on through the many lives he touched, and as they grow up they will hear the stories of the incredible man their big brother turned out to be. He will be fondly remembered by many people, as he was a very outgoing young man with a big heart and an even bigger personality. Like many young men, he really enjoyed hanging out with his friends but his number one love was motorcycles. As an active member of the “Devil Riders” club, he had recently purchased his first motorcycle, and although Myke will never get to take a ride on that new bike, we are sure he’s burning up the highway in heaven. We are so proud of Mykel as he “lived” more in nineteen years than many people do in a lifetime. He approached every situation with iron will determination and a great sense of humor. Mykel will be greatly missed by his family and friends but remembered as a patriot and hero.”
Army PFC Mykel Miller was 19 years old from Phoenix, Arizona
Original portrait was presented September 6, 2013 to his parents during a special event hosted by the Friends of Freedom organization in Phoenix, Arizona