KIA January 25, 2008
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group(Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.
Army SSG Robert Miller called for his team to fall back amidst heavy fire but continued forward to protect them. As he advanced forward, he sustained injuries while continuing to provide life saving cover to his team. SSG Miller sacrificed his own life saving the lives of seven of his Special Forces Teammates and 15 Afghan National Army Soldiers, killing at least 10 insurgents, and wounding dozens more in the process.
Growing up, Robert was full of energy and passion for whatever interested him. From an early age he had a strong interest in military and history, and in high school at Wheaton North High School, he was co-captain of the school’s gymnastics team. As Robert’s interest in serving continued to grow, he considered applying to the Naval Academy but ultimately decided to join the military later in life after realizing he wouldn’t be accepted into the Naval Academy due to his colorblindness.
Robert attended the University of Iowa for just one year after high school before enlisting in the Army in August of 2003 as a Special Forces trainee. In September of 2005 he received his Special Forces tab and was promoted to Sergeant after graduating from the Special Operations French Language Training Course. As a natural at learning foreign languages he quickly learned the language of the locals and easily became friends with the Afghan soldiers he was training.
During his first deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from August 2006 to March 2007, Miller received two Army commendation Medals. He returned to Afghanistan for his second deployment in 2007 where he served as the team’s Sergeant. His family, friends and battle buddies all described him as loyal and fearless, ready to do what was necessary to serve his team.
SSG Robert Miller was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty, and at the cost of his own life. He is survived by his parents Phillip and Maureen Miller, and his siblings, Joanna, Thomas, Mary, Martin, Edward, Therese and Patricia.
SSG Robert Miller was 24 years old from Oviedo, Florida.
Original portrait was presented October 22, 2016 to his family at a special memorial event during Sky Ball XIV hosted by American Airlines in Dallas, Texas.
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