September 9th, 2010
08:19 PM ET

Medal of Honor to go to Afghan vet killed in 2008

President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller for "conspicuous gallantry" and "heroic actions" in Afghanistan in January 2008, the White House announced Thursday.

Miller will receive the rare honor posthumously for displaying "immeasurable courage and uncommon valor - eventually sacrificing his own life to save the lives of his teammates and 15 Afghanistan National Army soldiers," according to a White House statement.

Miller's mother and father will join the Obama at the White House on October 6 "to commemorate their son's selfless service and sacrifice," the White House said.


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  1. michael hunter

    A story worth telling, but instead we spend our time talking about Pastor whats-his-name.

    September 10, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tommy

    Agreed...Well Done Indeed, I am Sorry he lost his life

    September 10, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jill

    This is the kind of news that should be front and center, not all that nonsense about some idiotic,so-called Christian that seems to be blind to the fact he is sending a message of hate. We should all be thankful and grateful for people like this young man. To his family I am sorry for your loss. Thank you for obviously raising a beautiful young man.

    September 10, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve

    Two corrections to this story. First, the name of the highest U.S. military honor is the Congressional Medal of Honor (CMOH) not just the Medal of Honor. Secondly, President Obama will not be "awarding" the CMOH to anyone. Instead, he will be presenting the CMOH on behalf of Congress.

    September 10, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Steve and Shawn, this is correction to your corrections, from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society page (which is at cmohs dot org):

      "The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Generally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress."

      BTW, the Society is chartered by Congress, so it's about as official as you can get. Only MOH recipients are members.

      Wikipedia also has a pretty good write up on the Medal.

      I too served with pride. USAF, 20 years.

      September 10, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. shawn

    No it's just the medal of honor Congress has northing to do with it I should I served with pride in the Navy.

    September 10, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kate

    To the families of SSgt Miller and CMSgt Etchberger:

    Thank you.

    Just grateful

    September 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |