Parents accept Medal of Honor for Bragg soldier

Staff Sergeant Robert Miller

October 6, 2010 5:50:16 PM PDT
President Barack Obama has awarded Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller of the U.S. Army the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. The medal is the highest military decoration awarded by the U.S. government.

Miller received the honor posthumously for his action on January 25, 2008 while deployed in Afghanistan.

Army officials say Miller displayed courage and uncommon valor when he sacrificed his own life to save the lives of his teammates and 15 Afghanistan National Army soldiers.

"Rob Miller endures in the service of his teammates -- his brothers in arms who served with him, bled with him and fought to bring him home. These soldiers embody the spirit that guides our troops in Afghanistan every day -- the courage, the resolve, the relentless focus on their mission: to break the momentum of the Taliban insurgency, and to build the capacity of Afghans to defend themselves, and to make sure that Afghanistan is never again a safe haven for terrorists who would attack our country," said President Obama.

Miller's parents, Phil and Maureen Miller, accepted the medal on behalf of their son.

Sgt. Miller enlisted in the Army in 2003 and became a Green Beret in 2005. He then served as a weapons sergeant in Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), which is based at Fort Bragg.

Miller's other military decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device, Army Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab and Parachute Badge.

Miller is only the third Medal of Honor recipient for service in Afghanistan.

According to the Army, "The Medal of Honor is awarded to a member of the Armed Forces who distinguishes themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while:

  • engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
  • engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
  • serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party."

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