Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to soldier

Posted on October 7, 2010

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Staff Sgt Robbie Miller

President Obama presented the Medal of Honor on Wednesday to the parents of the late Staff Sgt. Robbie Miller at the White House for their son’s heroism on a dark, frigid morning almost three years ago in Afghanistan.

Miller was a Special Forces weapons sergeant in Company A of the 3rd Battalion of the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg. By laying down protective fire and continually exposing himself to enemy fire, he may have saved the lives of seven U.S. troops and 15 Afghan soldiers.

Army officials said Miller’s unit was supporting an Afghan Border Police security patrol in the Chenar Khar Valley in Kunar Province when they were ambushed by Taliban fighters hiding in nearby buildings. The unit called for close-air support to bomb an insurgent position, but were attacked again when they moved in to survey the damage.

Miller’s team captain was seriously wounded. Fellow soldiers said as he was moved to safety, Miller remained at the front of the patrol and continued to lay down suppressive fire on multiple insurgent positions, ultimately saving his commander’s life, officials said.

Even after being wounded by enemy machine gun fire, Miller, 24, continued to fire his M249 Squad Automatic Weapon and throw grenades into Taliban positions. Army officials said his courage enabled his teammates and the Afghan security forces to gain cover and return fire.

At his memorial service two days later, Lt. Col. Samuel Ashley, then commander of Special Operations Task Force 33, said Miller was the type of soldier who never backed down from a challenge.

Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to soldier.

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