A true Hero, in any language, in any country God Bless SSGT Rob Miller
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.
My prayers, well wishes and God Blessings go out to the family of this incredible man.
God Bless you