Bragg soldier to get posthumous Medal of Honor

Posted September 9, 2010

— President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry to a Fort Bragg soldier who was killed in Afghanistan in 2008.

Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller, 24, sacrificed his own life to save the lives of his comrades and 15 Afghanistan National Army soldiers during a Jan. 25, 2008, reconnaissance mission, according to a news release from Special Operations Command. He fended off fire from Taliban insurgents in the village of Barikowt, near the Pakistani border, to allow his team to fall back to a safe position.

The Medal of Honor is awarded to a member of the armed forces for heroism above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in combat. The meritorious conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life.

A native of Harrisburg, Pa., Miller enlisted in the Army in August 2003 as a Special Forces candidate, and he became a Green Beret in 2005. He served as a weapons sergeant in Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).

Miller is survived by his parents, Phil and Maureen Miller, three brothers and three sisters. His parents will join Obama at the White House for the Oct. 6 Medal of Honor ceremony.


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  • jjohnson137 Sep 10, 2010

    What a true HERO. Thank you for your Extreme Service to our Country. GOD bless your Family for their great Loss. Our Military means so much to our American freedom. Thank each and every One of You.

  • Sherlock Sep 10, 2010

    Thank you

  • chfdcpt Sep 9, 2010

    Some posters that I don't see here. I would love to see them voice their views during the medal presentation...

    Glad these officers did their job...but thats just it. They did "their" job. Thats what they get paid to do. No disrespect intended, but honoring them for doing what they should do anyway seems a bit much...diver June 21, 2010 3:34 p.m.

    ...they knew what they were facing when they decided to go into law enforcement. How many of you hear are publicly honored for doing your JOB, what you chose to do...They should BE honored to do their job, not get publicly honored for doing it!!!diver
    June 21, 2010 5:45 p.m.

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Sep 9, 2010

    The family is in my thoughts & prayers also. This is a great man.

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Sep 9, 2010

    This is a brave young man. RIP & thank you for what you have done for this country.

  • 3forme Sep 9, 2010

    All gave some, some gave all...R.I.P. brave soldier...A grateful nation gives their thanks for your service... We need to thank them all every day for the sacrifices they make for us...

  • wildcat Sep 9, 2010

    Keep his memories...........

  • Crankyone Sep 9, 2010

    Well done Sgt. Miller, a gracious nation, Thanks you.

  • wildcat Sep 9, 2010

    You made my day. Thank you so much.

    All veterans thanks you also.

  • 15crew Sep 9, 2010

    wildcat - Yes That includes your Vietnam vet as well.

    Everyone should thank every vet they see.