News / USA

Obama Awards Medal Of Honor to Fallen Soldier's Family

President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor posthumously to the parent's of US Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller in the East Room of the White House, 06 Oct 2010
President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor posthumously to the parent's of US Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller in the East Room of the White House, 06 Oct 2010
TEXT SIZE - +
Kent Klein

A U.S. soldier in Afghanistan who lost his life protecting those around him has received America's highest military honor.  As President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to the family of a man who he said embodied the true meaning of heroism.

President Obama says Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller, a member of the Army's elite special forces, showed immeasurable courage on January 25, 2008, the day he died.

Miller and more than 20 other Americans and Afghans were patrolling a valley in northwest Afghanistan, trying to clear the area of insurgents who had been attacking Afghan soldiers and villagers.

When Miller and his group reached an insurgent compound, they opened fire and called in airstrikes, then assessed the damage.

They were soon trapped and surrounded by almost 150 insurgents.

Mr. Obama says Sgt. Miller called for his team to fall back, while he intentionally put himself in danger.

"And then he did something extraordinary," said President Obama. "Rob moved in the other direction, toward the enemy, drawing their guns away from his team and bringing the fire of all those insurgents down upon himself."

The president says the other soldiers in the unit retreated to safety, while Miller stayed in radio contact.

"He had been hit," said Mr. Obama. "But still, he kept calling out enemy positions.  Still, he kept firing.  Still, he kept throwing his grenades.  And then they heard it - Rob's weapon fell silent."

Two team members braved enemy fire to return to Miller's side, and were there when he died.  When reinforcements arrived, the team fought for hours to remove his body.  Five troops were wounded, but all had survived.  According to the Medal of Honor citation, Miller's extraordinary valor saved the lives of seven members of his own team and 15 Afghan soldiers.

Miller's parents said he had wanted to be a soldier all of his life.  President Obama said his heroism will inspire future generations.

"And we can imagine a day, decades from now, when another child sits down at his desk, ponders the true meaning of heroism, and finds inspiration in the story of a soldier, Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller, and a generation that fought day and night, fighting for what they thought was right," said President Obama.

Sgt. Miller's parents, Phil and Maureen Miller, accepted the medal on their son's behalf.  After the ceremony, they said their son believed he was working for a good cause.

You May Like

Multimedia Relatives of South Korean Ferry Victims Fire at Authorities

46 people are confirmed dead, but some 250 remain trapped inside sunken ferry More

War Legacy Haunts Vietnam, US Relations

$84 million project aims to clean up soil contaminated by Agent Orange More

Wikipedia Proves Useful for Tracking Flu

Technique gave better results than Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Google’s Flu Trends More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politicsi
X
Michael Eckels
April 19, 2014
There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
Video

Video Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politics

There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
Video

Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.
Video

Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
Video

Video New Earth-Size Planet Found

Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold. A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited a Coptic church outside Washington DC.
Video

Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.
Video

Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
AppleAndroid