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A true Hero, in any language, in any country God Bless SSGT Rob Miller

October 20, 2010

At only 24-yrs old — the youngest member of A Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Rob, quickly earned a reputation for taking on difficult challenges and leading from the front. He did this and more on 25 January 2008.

While conducting a combat reconnaissance patrol through Afghanistan’s Gowardesh Valley on January 25, 2008, SSG Miller and his small element of U.S. and Afghan National Army Soldiers engaged a force of 15 to 20 insurgents occupying prepared fighting positions.

SSG Miller initiated the assault by engaging the enemy positions with his vehicle’s turret-mounted grenade launcher while simultaneously providing detailed descriptions of the enemy positions to his command, enabling effective, accurate close air support.

Following the engagement, he led a small squad forward to conduct a battle damage assessment. As the group neared the small, steep, narrow valley that the enemy had inhabited, a large, well-coordinated insurgent force initiated a near ambush, assaulting from elevated positions with ample cover.

Exposed and with little available cover, the patrol was completely vulnerable to enemy rocket propelled grenades and automatic weapon fire.
As point man, SSG Miller was at the front of the patrol, cut off from supporting elements, and less than 20 meters from enemy forces.
Nonetheless, with total disregard for his own safety, he called for his men to quickly move back to covered positions as he charged the enemy over exposed ground and under overwhelming fire in order to provide protective fire for his team.

While maneuvering to engage the enemy, SSG Miller was shot in his upper torso. Ignoring the wound, he continued to push the fight, moving to draw fire from over one hundred enemy fighters upon himself. He then again charged forward through an open area in order to allow his teammates to reach cover — safely.

After killing at least 10 insurgents, wounding dozens more, and repeatedly exposing himself to withering enemy fire while moving from position to position, SSG Miller was mortally wounded by enemy fire.
His extraordinary valor ultimately saved the lives of seven members of his own team and 15 Afghan Soldiers.

Please take a minute to watch and pay respects to an incredible man.

My prayers, well wishes and God Blessings go out to the family of this incredible man.
Thank you
God Bless you
Curt Schilling

4 Comments leave one →
  1. bsig84 permalink
    October 20, 2010 10:32 am

    What an amazing man. He is a true hero! Prayers to his family and friends.

  2. yaelroggen permalink
    October 28, 2010 9:33 pm

    SSG Miller, a real American hero. Thank you for sharing this story here. I am gearing up to send over 200 care packages to deployed troops and Wounded Warriors recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Treats 4 Our Troops, a small nonprofit organization collects surplus Halloween candy from local communities to share with the brave servicemen and women in uniform. Americans like SSG Miller are our inspiration.

  3. mad1717 permalink
    November 5, 2010 1:01 pm

    What an incredible story. Thank you….

    I will be attending your WWII panel at the VMA in Providence. Will a transcript or recording of the evening be made available? I’m hoping to include information gathered in a paper in progress for a Masters History class.

  4. scottd47 permalink
    November 7, 2010 12:49 pm

    Curt,

    I saw you on ESPN this morning and think your latest fundraising endeavor for (and with) the men of Easy Company is outstanding. However, the reason for this post is because of one small comment you made during your interview, the subject matter of which has bothered me for a long time. That is – when athletes talk about “going to war” on the field or similar statements – it bothers me (to put it politely). I am not a veteran, but have tremendous respect for our veterans and our troops. I had contacted ESPN in the past and pitched the idea that every time a player says something like that, they should be “fined” with a letter suggesting a (large) donation to a military charity. I only received some automated emails in return from them. So…I don’t know how to go about getting publicity for this idea, but I figured your celebrity status could certainly help – especially since you feel as strongly as I do about these guys making comments that suggest they should be held in the same light as the men and women of our armed services. What do you think?

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