• The new Medal of Honor Headstone for Staff Sgt. Robert Miller was unveiled at the All Faith's Memorial Cemetery on Jan 22. Miller was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on Oct. 6, 2010, for heroism and valor in combat while serving in Afghanistan in Jan. 25, 2008. The event marks the three year anniversary of his death.

    Staff Sgt. Robert Miller Medal of Honor Headstone

    The new Medal of Honor Headstone for Staff Sgt. Robert Miller was unveiled at the All Faith's Memorial Cemetery on Jan 22. Miller was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on Oct. 6, 2010, for heroism and valor in combat while serving in Afghanistan...

  • Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland, Jr., commanding general of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (Airborne), assists Maureen and Philip Miller with the unveiling of a special Medal of Honor headstone at the tomb of their son, Staff Sgt. Robert Miller. Miller was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on Oct. 6, 2010, for heroism and valor in combat while serving in Afghanistan three years ago. The event marks the three year anniversary of his death.

    Staff Sgt. Robert Miller Medal of Honor Headstone Ceremony

    Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland, Jr., commanding general of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (Airborne), assists Maureen and Philip Miller with the unveiling of a special Medal of Honor headstone at the tomb of their son, Staff Sgt. Robert Miller...

  • The flag of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (Airborne) flew proudly as family and friends of Staff Sgt. Robert Miller, along with local and state politicians, and fellow team mates from the Special Forces Command (Airborne) gathered together to remember one of their own. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on Oct. 6, 2010, for heroism and valor in combat while serving in Afghanistan three years ago. The event marks the three year anniversary of his death.

    U.S. Army Special Operations Command (Airborne) Honors Staff Sgt. Robert Miller

    The flag of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (Airborne) flew proudly as family and friends of Staff Sgt. Robert Miller, along with local and state politicians, and fellow team mates from the Special Forces Command (Airborne) gathered together...

OVIEDO, Fla., Jan. 22, 2011 -- This morning at the All Faiths Memorial Cemetery in Caselberry, Fla., approximately 200 people gathered at the grave of 24-year-old Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller to witness the unveiling of his Medal of Honor marker in a ceremony hosted by the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) and the Miller family.

Attendees to the event consisted of members from the Special Operations Command, Florida Governor Rick Scott, local and regional government officials, junior ROTC cadets, family, friends, and military veterans. Both the commanding general of USASOC, Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland, Jr. and the Special Operations Commander, Adm. Eric Olson spoke at the event.

"Robby was tough, skilled, smart and proving in many battles. He knew what he was doing and what mattered. Those who spent time with him understood that they were in the presence of a gifted and giving man to whom they could trust their very lives," said Adm. Eric T. Olson, Special Operations commander.

In 2003, Miller enlisted in the Army as an 18 X-ray, Special Forces candidate. He graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course on Sept. 26, 2004, and was assigned to Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).

Miller was awarded the Medal of Honor on Oct. 6, 2010, posthumously for heroism and valor in combat while serving in Afghanistan in January 25, 2008. The event marks the three year anniversary of his death.

"We thank all those present today, his family and friends, and especially his teammates and the Special Forces command. He was so proud to be in your ranks," said Maureen Miller, Robert Miller's mother. "This marker that we place on his tomb today is another reminder of our son's heroism, but it is also a testament of solidarity with other parents who have dealt with loss. It is an honor to share this moment with all of you who knew and loved Rob so dearly."

Miller was recognized for his valorous actions in the Gowerdesh Valley, Afghanistan, while serving as a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant for his team. His patrol came under attack from insurgents. He deliberately moved forward exposing his position repeatedly, drawing fire from more than 100 enemy fighters, ultimately saving the lives of his fellow Green Berets and 15 local Afghanistan National Army soldiers.

Members of Miller's former Operational Detachment-Alpha (ODA) also attended the ceremony to pay their respects to the family and remember their fallen brother who risked his life for them.

"It's men like Robby who make the U.S. military special. I'm able to talk to you guys because of Robby Miller. That's what makes this country so great are men like Robby who are willing to die for their friends," said Maj. Robert Cusick, former team leader for Operational Detachment Alpha 3312.

Miller was the seventh servicemember and first Special Forces Soldier to receive the Medal of Honor during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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