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Caroline K

Caroline K
December 31
I'm an Army wife and a journalist who's been published across the country. When I'm not writing, I'm hanging out with my husband, friends, and our two cats. I'm working on my first book, tentatively titled Why They Serve: The True Stories Behind the Americans Serving in the Global War on Terrorism. Keep an eye out for it. This space is where I'll share my thoughts and experiences on Army life. It is not intended as a place for political, moral, or social debate. Any comments of an incendiary nature will be deleted.


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OCTOBER 6, 2010 3:55PM

Third Afghanistan Medal of Honor goes to Green Beret

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Earlier today, President Obama honored Staff Sgt. Robert Miller with the country's highest award for valor.  Miller, a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, was the third veteran of the Afghanistan conflict to recieve the award.  In the instance that led to his Medal of Honor, Miller saved the lives of many of his fellow soldiers during a night patrol in Afghanistan in January 2008.  When his combined patrol of U.S. and Afghan troops was attacked by insurgents, Miller didn't hesitate to continue advancing against them, even after being wounded twice in the chest.  He provided invaluable cover that allowed his wounded teammates to recieve medical treatment. 

In a White House ceremony, the commander-in-chief told Miller's family  that the soldier was "born to lead" and showed extraordinary courage, according to the Associated Press.  USA Today reports that more than 100 of Miller's family and friends were in attendance.

I've heard plenty of Medal of Honor stories before, and they never fail to move me.  But Miller's story hit particularly close to home.  Being married to a soldier, and knowing so many people in the military, I couldn't help but be moved by the possibility that someone of Miller's caliber could be serving alongside people I know.  It's certainly a comforting thought in a time when comforting thoughts aren't always easy to come by.  The level of dedication that Miller--and so many other service members--brought to his work is inspiring, especially when so many of us tend to be cynical about our jobs.  He clearly believed in what he was doing, and there's something refreshing about that.

I'm well aware that not everyone will be as moved by Miller's story as I am, and that's OK.  Some people will probably view it as tragic, and some may even employ it in political conversations.  But whether you agree with Miller's actions or with the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan is beside the point.  What is important here is that a young man of only 24 years old made the ultimate sacrifice in order to ensure that the rest of us--even those who disagree--are free to express any opinion we like on the conflict that took his life.  And that is worth writing about.


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Please thank your husband for his service to our country and his willingness to put his life on the line to protect our freedoms. I have no doubt there are many Staff Sgt. Robert Millers among our veterans. They may not all get the deserved recognition in the form of a medal, but they all have the deep abiding gratitude of their fellow Americans.
Very well expressed, Caroline. Thank you for bringing Sgt. Miller and his extraordinary sacrifice and courage to our attention.
Thank goodness someone like you is doing stories on the military.
God bless you for that.
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Thank you for sharing this incredible story. It is because of brave men such as SSgt Miller that other brave men such as your husband and my son are still amongst us. I imagine that most of our troops would be willing to do the same if they were put in that situation, but selfishly, I am grateful that my son was never put in that position and that he came home from his three deployments.

I know that as painful as this must be for the Miller family, they can take comfort in knowing that their soldier was a true American hero. They own a piece of our American history and we should never take their sacrifice lightly. We must continue to honor our heroes. Thank you for taking the time to honor SSgt Miller. r
God bless you and your husband. I am so pro-military, not exactly thrilled about the war, but thank God for heroes like him. R
Nothing to add, nice post.
ms caroline ... thanx for this post and reminding us so clearly of the price being paid in the War Against Terror ... i've commented to you about my son-in-law's service in Iraq and his Purple Heart and Bronze Star for Valor ... i'm just glad he was able to come home to our daughter ... keep keeping us posted ... rated ... lew
"...a young man of only 24 years old made the ultimate sacrifice in order to ensure that the rest of us--" It is indeed worth writing about, and thank you for doing so. Devoting one's life to one's country is the ultimate sacrifice. May God bless your husband and all the young men and women who are doing so. ~R
A worthy honor for the ultimate sacrifice. This has been a big story here in NC - home of Ft. Bragg and the Special Forces units.
Please explain how this man dying had anything to do with ensuring that I am free to express my opinion. No one in Afghanistan has tried to limit my freedoms. I can't say the same about my own government who have used these wars as excuses to limit my freedom with things like the Patriot Act or warrantless wiretaps, erosion of Habeus Corpus and on and on.

I also find the use of the term "insurgents" odd. It is their country. What are the insurging against. Occupiers? A puppet government?
From a Former Marine, thank your husband for his service. Thank you for writing this as well. Few people realize how big a deal it is to get the CMOH. They don't just give those away. God bless Staff Sgt Miller and his family.
My infantry company was ambushed in Vietnam in '68. At the end of the day, we had at least 20 KIA and maybe 50-60 wounded. The action resulted in a CMOH awarded posthumously to a Navy corpman plus at least one Navy Cross that I know of and a couple of Silver Stars. None of these men enlisted to get medals. Whatever their motivation, be it patriotism, family tradition, gung ho, whatever, in the instance, mom, god, the flag, and apple pie have no meaning: They fought (and died) for each other, the men on their right and on their left. If you read SSG Miller's CMOH citation, that was the reason for his sacrifice and that is why he was awarded the medal. To the end of their days, the men in his outfit will know they owe their lives to him. This is why the brotherhood of combat is among the strongest of human bonds, stronger maybe even than marriage. In Lincoln's words " . . . the last full measure of devotion".
Thanks to all for reading this and commenting. I will pass your kind words on to my husband. They mean a lot to both of us.
I happen to believe all wars are forms of murder and insanity. But, the soldiers in those wars are often true heroes. The courage and leadership of the soldiers are a constant inspiration. These heroes prove that people can sacrifice everything for each other. That is the ultimate form of sanity and honor.
What a loss of ability and courage. I grieve for our species--that we cannot find a way to live to serve instead of killing and dying to protect.