In a 2010 ceremony at The White House, Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller was lauded as an American hero when President Barack Obama at awarded Sgt. Miller the military's highest decoration: the posthumous Medal of Honor.
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Green Beret Robert Miller Receives 7th Posthumous Medal of Honor

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In a 2010 ceremony at The White House, Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller was lauded as an American hero when President Barack Obama at awarded Sgt. Miller the military's highest decoration: the posthumous Medal of Honor. Miller's parents were present to receive the award in his name.

President Obama asserted that Staff Sgt. Miller gave his life protecting others and defending his country, and thus America is forever in his debt.

Historically, there have been only seven recipients of the Medal of Honor since the start of the current wars, all awarded posthumously.

CEREMONY FOR A MILITARY HERO

Over 100 of Miller's friends and loved ones were present at the award ceremony, as well as Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, and Army Secretary John McHugh. The Commander in Chief praised Miller's heroism by telling the story of how he sacrificed his own life to protect his squad and complete his duties as an American soldier.

Miller's parents read a statement of gratitude after the ceremony, in which they recognized other fallen soldiers and the sacrifices made by soldiers and military parents alike.

During the award ceremony, President Obama also recognized Miller's compatriots from A Company with a standing ovation,

"These warriors are the best of the best; in an era that prizes celebrity and status, they are quiet professionals, never seeking the spotlight," Obama said. "In a time of war, they have borne a burden far beyond their small numbers."

SGT. MILLER'S HEROISM

24-year old Staff Sgt. Robert Miller had spent his youth admiring the bravery of American soldiers of World War II, a group whose courage he would come to embody.

Miller had been serving as a weapons sergeant in Fort Bragg, N.C. with A Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), when he sacrificed his life in northwest Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Miller was serving on foot patrol during his second tour in Afghanistan, when he and his squad were suddenly surrounded by 100 Taliban insurgents. Instead of retreating, Miller moved towards the enemy, to direct gunfire away from the other men. Even after he had been hit, Miller continued to heroically radio in enemy positions and coordinates.

In receiving the Medal of Honor, Staff Sgt. Robert Miller will be listed among an elite group of military servicemembers whose bravery and compassion for his men makes the American military a proud organization.



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