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Patrick Wayne Miller

Home of record: Wichita Kansas
Status: POW

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

(Citation and/or Narrative Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Private First Class Patrick Wayne Miller, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Mechanic with the 507th Maintenance Company, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, near An Nasiriya, Iraq, on 23 March 2003. On that date a huge American convoy headed from Kuwait to Baghdad. A dozen heavy trucks and other maintenance vehicles fell behind the rest and got lost. At sunrise, Iraqi troops ambushed the lost soldiers, firing from both sides of the highway. The Americans sped up to escape the attack, but one Humvee smashed into the back of a jack-knifed American tractor-trailer. Less than a mile behind that accident, Private Miller was driving the last truck in the convoy. During the attack, he floored the accelerator, trying to steer and duck bullets at the same time. During the ensuing battle he single-handedly stopped a mortar attack aimed at trapped soldiers. Private First Class Miller's gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Action Date: March 23, 2003

Service: Army

Rank: Private First Class

Company: 507th Ordnance Maintenance Company

Regiment: 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade

Prisoner of War Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

Private First Class Patrick Wayne Miller, United States Army, was captured after his convoy of the 507th Maintenance Company was ambushed by Iraqi Forces on 23 March 2003, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his recovery on 13 April 2003.

Action Date: March 23 - April 13, 2003

Service: Army

Rank: Private First Class

Division: Prisoner of War (Iraq)