October 6, 2010

Honoring the Fallen

This morning was a typical morning interrupted by a news report.  As we were sitting down to breakfast a local story came across WRAL: Ft. Bragg soldier posthumously awarded medal of honor by Obama.  The soldier being honored is Rob Miller, a green beret who died when he was 24 years old during his second deployment to Afghanistan.

Rob and Phil each deployed for the first time on the same day in August 2006.  The night before they headed out on two very different deployments we, through a twist of fate, dined together.  It was the first time they had seen each other in some time, but had a mutual friend who wanted to spend time with them both before they left.  Rob talked about his new house.  His future plans.  The boys planned on meeting up again to compare notes once they were back from their respective tours.  Rob came home six months later and went back again before I saw my husband.  The news of Rob's death reached us during our end of deployment leave.  The emotions we felt nearly three years ago came rushing up again as we remember a friend.  The shock at his loss, the pride in his valor, the sadness of the death of a man so young, the guilt and gratitude that get all mixed up.

The President of the United States is presenting the Medal of Honor to Rob Miller's parents today at 1:45 for his actions in Afghanistan.  I have attached a link to the official narrative provided by the U.S. Army.  I have no more words, just thankfulness for those who selflessly serve.

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