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President Obama to Award Medal of Honor
The White House ^ | September 9, 2010 | Office of the Press Secretary

Posted on 09/09/2010 11:33:36 AM PDT by centurion316

On October 6, President Barack Obama will award Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Staff Sergeant Miller will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic actions in Afghanistan on January 25, 2008. He displayed immeasurable courage and uncommon valor - eventually sacrificing his own life to save the lives of his teammates and 15 Afghanistan National Army soldiers. Staff Sergeant Miller’s parents, Phil and Maureen Miller will join the President at the White House to commemorate their son’s selfless service and sacrifice.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND:

Robert Miller was born on October 14, 1983, in Harrisburg, Pa. He graduated from Wheaton North High School, Wheaton IL. Shortly after his family moved to Oviedo, Florida, he enlisted in the United States Army as a Special Forces candidate in August 2003. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia and later became a Green Beret in 2005. Staff Sergeant Miller served as a weapons sergeant in Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), which is based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

His military decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device, Army Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab and Parachute Badge.

He is survived by his parents, Phil and Maureen Miller; brothers Thomas, Martin and Edward; and sisters Joanna, Mary, Therese and Patricia.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afganistan; medalofhonor; moh; salvatoregiunta
Announcement today of the award of the Medal of Honor, unfortunately yet another posthumous award. Apparently, the Distinguished Service Cross is for the living, but the MoH is reserved for those who paid the ultimate price
1 posted on 09/09/2010 11:33:41 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: centurion316
Deepest respects to this man and his family.

We also need to be awarding this to soldiers who survive.

2 posted on 09/09/2010 11:38:34 AM PDT by Poison Pill
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To: centurion316

http://northshorejournal.org/army-staff-sgt-robert-james-miller

3 posted on 09/09/2010 11:39:11 AM PDT by naturalized
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To: centurion316

This is abhorrent. FUBO!

If this soldier was alive, I’d hope he’d pull a John “I was in Vietnam” Kerry and throw the medals on to the WH front lawn.

This man paid the price for Obama’s idiocy.


4 posted on 09/09/2010 11:41:23 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: naturalized

Thank you to him and all those who protect us and America.

However, you know it will disgust the muslim Hussein.


5 posted on 09/09/2010 11:44:09 AM PDT by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: centurion316

God bless him. I hate to see this pass through the hands of Obama, but his filthy fingers can’t really tarnish this medal.


7 posted on 09/09/2010 11:46:54 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: centurion316

Our service members - ordinary people doing extra ordinary things. Daily.


8 posted on 09/09/2010 11:48:57 AM PDT by llevrok (Hug a logger. You will never go back to trees.)
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To: rarestia

Mr. Obama wasn’t the President in January of 2008, you know.


10 posted on 09/09/2010 11:52:19 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: ken in texas
I've met at least one person wearing the MoH, and he's still very much alive.

Right you are - this is an Old List but it will give us an idea of how many MoH recipients are still alive.

11 posted on 09/09/2010 11:53:42 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: centurion316

God bless him.

However, if I were his parents, I would hold a press conference to announce that we will wait for another President to come along before we accept.


12 posted on 09/09/2010 11:54:10 AM PDT by Noamie
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To: centurion316

This young man was only 2 when I joined the Corps. They sure make heroes young nowadays.

God bless this young man and grant him eternal peace.


13 posted on 09/09/2010 11:55:04 AM PDT by dpa5923 (Small minds talk about people, normal minds talk about events, great minds talk about ideas.)
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To: centurion316
Distinguished Service Cross is for the living, but the MoH is reserved for those who paid the ultimate price

The pic is a little old (2001)and I am sure some of these fine men are no longer with us, but in 2001, there were 50 MOH winners who were very much alive:


14 posted on 09/09/2010 11:55:08 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Even Hitler had Government run health care, but at least he got the Olympics for Germany)
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To: centurion316

I am surprised Obummer is not awarding this to himself. He’s earned it. Right?


15 posted on 09/09/2010 12:01:23 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA
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To: Michael.SF.

My point was that there have been no awards of the Medal of Honor to living soldiers, airmen, sailors, and Marines since the Vietnam War. They have all be awarded posthumously, and many have raised questions about why that might be so.


16 posted on 09/09/2010 12:04:26 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: ken in texas

I have several friends who are recipients of the Medal of Honor, but they received their awards during the Vietnam War. No living service member has received the MoH since Vietnam except for retroactive awards. Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan: all posthumous.


17 posted on 09/09/2010 12:07:26 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: Billthedrill; centurion316

Thanks for the follow-up.

In case you’re curious, I asked the Mods to remove my previous posts. Even after “proofreading” my first, I spotted an error after it went out. I posted a correction of sorts, and then requested that they be deleted.

Bill — You’re quite correct, there are many living recipients of the MoH.

Centurion — you may also be correct with regards to the more recent recipients. I haven’t checked that info lately.

In any event, the citizens of this country should regard them all with the highest esteem, whether living or dead. They performed heroic actions very few of us can imagine.


18 posted on 09/09/2010 1:07:10 PM PDT by ken in texas
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To: centurion316

For a second there I thought it said, “Obama Wins Medal of Honor.”

Well it wouldn’t be that much crazier than him winning the Nobel Peace Prize.


19 posted on 09/09/2010 1:09:05 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ken in texas
Yes, and centurion's got a point - MoH's have been very sparse of late and it isn't as if there's any less valor running around. I'm not entirely sure what to make of that, actually.

I just finished a memoir of Fallujah entitled House to House. Sometimes you just sit there with your mouth open reading that sort of thing. Highly recommended.

20 posted on 09/09/2010 1:47:55 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: ken in texas

We should and will honor them all.

But, for those who have not been following this issue, most historians and military experts find it very curious that in the years since the end of the Vietnam War, not a single act of valor has been deemed to warrant award of the Medal of Honor excepting posthumous awards. The War in Iraq and Afghanistan has been ongoing since 2001 with several hundreds of thousands of military members engaged in combat, much of it very extensive combat.

The frequency of awards of the highest decorations (Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross) has been very low when compared with other conflicts and, in the case of the Medal of Honor, no awards have been made to someone still living. This has caused considerable discussion about why this might be and what procedures may have changed within the Defense Department. The standards certainly seem to be different. The speculation is that there have been many acts of valor that have merited the Medal of Honor, but reluctance for political reasons has meant that a lower honor was approved.

Staff Sergeant Miller is a true American hero and we all salute him and remember him. Some day, some soldier, sailor, airman, or Marine will stand at attention to receive his medal rather than just having it engraved on his tombstone. And, one hopes that decisions on who might be deserving are not colored by politics, bureaucracy, or anything else.


21 posted on 09/09/2010 2:29:21 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: centurion316
... one hopes that decisions on who might be deserving are not colored by politics, bureaucracy, or anything else.

Completely agree.... may it be so.

22 posted on 09/09/2010 3:19:59 PM PDT by ken in texas
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To: Mr. Lucky

Understood. I wasn’t blaming Obama for that directly. I’m more incensed that the Kenyan Usurper is handing out medals to men whose jock he couldn’t hold.

I’m completely fatigued by this asshat, and I’ve gotta deal with him for another 2 years. Make it stop!


23 posted on 09/09/2010 3:32:36 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia
"This man paid the price for Obama’s idiocy."

This hero died on January 25, 2008, before Obama was elected.

24 posted on 09/09/2010 4:04:58 PM PDT by Mila
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To: naturalized

Wow. Tough kid.
RIP. Prayers to his parents.
Damn hard to bury your own kid.


25 posted on 09/09/2010 4:11:46 PM PDT by Texas resident (Outlaw fisherman)
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