Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Pfc. Anthony S. Miller


19, of San Antonio, Texas.
Killed by enemy indirect fire in Iraq. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on April 7, 2003.

"Hello, I was Anthony's classmate in 10th grade math class and sometimes hung around with him during lunch, not in the school cafeteria but away from school just to go walk around. He was a blast to be around in class. He was very funny. When I wanted to talk to him about important things he would listen and would give the best advice. A lot of the time he would just listen to his Walkman or CD player by John Jay's high school bus area while other students would be in the caferteria. He would just go walk around the school or just go for a walk to places and return just in time for his class to start. I kinda knew why he wanted to be alone most of the time. He had a lot of thoughts in his mind. No doubt about that. I am the same way with just wanting to listen to my music and walk. Might be one of the reasons why we didn't have a tough time getting to know each other. Sometimes I felt sorry for him walking so far to his house on hot days after school. Sometimes I would even offer him a ride, but he always said it's cool and instead just walk. I didn't know him like a best friend, but I knew enough about him to know he was funny and always there to talk to you, if you could find him.

"A lot of the times he would listen to Metallica's "Reload" CD. I will miss my friend because that's how comfortable I always was to talk to him in school and out. I cried pretty bad when I found out about his death. I didn't see why good people like Anthony are dying in the Iraqi war. But what he did was very honorable and noble to those people. That makes my thoughts a little bit more at ease about his passing, but sadly only a little."

-Andrew Dominguez, Class of 2001

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"Antony was small in stature, but his wit was sharper than a razor. When he got to Kuwait, he was barley 18. Sharp mind, funny, helpful. Miller was reliable. He was working on a generator set 4/7/2003 @ around 7AM. We were hit with indirect fire. Lives were cut short, Miller, Mitchel and Brown. The whole area was devastated. I survived by being in a brick structure. My vehicle was destroyed. I saw figures coming out of the ash and smoke disfigured, wounded, crying. Our leadership thought it would be a good idea to broadcast our location with the 2nd brigade flag towering over the compound we held. More than 10 antennas sticking out 20 feet above the walls; what leadership we had. I havenít gotten over this and it needs to be said."
CPL SCHOTT of Seminole Oklahoma

"I send my remembrance, til vahalla"
Joe McMillan

"I attended your sons funeral and was so moved by it I re-enlisted in the Reserves. I requested activation and served in Baghdad in 2004. He was too young, but he inspired me to help the men and woman in uniform the best way I could, by putting the uniform back on and fighting. I will never forget his funeral, I will remember the pain from that day."
anon of SA TX

"Gosh Anthony I'm not sure what made me think of you today but I just wanted to say you are thought of, it's been so long & though we only knew each other briefly I'll never forget you. You were such a nice, cool kid. The news will always be shocking even though Ive had my own personal dealings with this war (hubby KIA) I still think about my AIT pal "Miller" and your sacrifice as well. 19 will always be too young. May you be as awesome in the next life as you were in this one. Thank you for your service brother."
Liz of San Antonio

"It's been 10 years today....I was there and I didn't know you personally, but thank you for your service and we still serve in our fallen Soldier's honor...."
SFC Samantha Brown of Fort Knox,KY

"I served with your son PFC Miller in kuwait before I left to come home due to injury I knew him well he was one of my mechanic's always wanting to learn always ready to fight he was a great soldier and friend I was very sad and broken up over his death im not sure what to say so I speak from my expeirence of knowing him he was kind and warm hearted he went many times to the chow hall to get dinner and always came back with food for me after I was injured I was on crutches so had a hard time getting around he never forgot about me so I will never forget what he gave for us sadly it was all he had to give I think of him often and I know he is in a better place were there is no war he will be there waiting for us when our time comes with a smile not that he will be happy we have passed but to see his friends and family again when my time comes I hope to see him there and am allowed to enter the same place of honor he is in but untill then I will miss him I didnt know his family he talked of them often and missed them very much to his mother I want to thank you for teaching him to care for others and to his father for teaching him to be brave in our country's time of need I know you all miss him as I do his sacrifice and the war helped teach me to live for what I have and not think as much of what I dont have many people call me a hero for my service in that terible place but your son is the hero and will never be forgoten by me or my family my mother cries for your son every time I say his name and her prayers go out to his mother every mother's day im truely sorry for your loss I hope u find some solice in the fact that he was brave and did his duty untill his death he will be missed forever"
SGT Brightwell U.S Army E-5 U.S.A of pittsburgh P.A beaver county

"Thank you for joining and for your family. I'm very sorry for your lost . God Bless You! I'm sorry."
Henry Coulston of San Antonio, Tx

"To the family of PFC Miller: I have the utmost respect and regret for the loss of Anthony. He was my .50 Cal gunner, and we spoke at length on guard duty two days before he was killed. The thing that sticks in my mind to this day was his comment about not being afraid of death, of his great faith in God. You will never be forgotten Lil' Miller, we miss you!
ROCK OF THE MARNE, SEND ME!"
SGT Roy Phillips JR of Ft. Riley, KS

"I was there that day. Although I did not know this man, I know he died with honor."
SFC K. Johnson of US Army

"To all who have written with their sentiments and kind words, thank you.

This Veteran's Day, I want to thank all our soldiers, every branch of service, for their dedication to our country. Without you, our USA would not be the proud and free nation it is today. I pray for you and your families every night, and no matter how much time passes since I lost my son, I will never forget all the wonderful "buddies" he met along the way and those whose lives he touched.

THANK YOU TO ALL SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO KEEP YOU IN HIS CARE.

PFC Anthony S. Miller's mother"
Maria T. (Terry) Saldivar of Omaha, Nebraska

"I met Anthony when i was in college....I have a lot of pictures still that he sent me all those years ago.......we tried to met up but with my school and him in the army playing ball we could never meet up.....i wish u all the best of luck and i hope that everything is okay...god bless swann81@blackplanet.com"
melinda swann of binghamton ny

"I served with you Miller, I was there April 7th in southern Baghdad. That day has scared my soul. You were my track mechanic, and my friend. I think about you everyday. God bless you and keep you."
CPL. Elijah Z. Schott of Seminol, Oklahoma, 74868

"I can still remember Anthony when we were in elementary. Anthony thank you for everything you have done for me and my family and the future of this country. Because of your sacrifice and so many other great men and women, we are allowed to have all these freedoms we experience today.

God Bless."
Noah of San Antonio, TX

"After reading all the messages left for my nephew Scott Miller, I am grateful and touched by everyone for their heartfelt thoughts, prayers and kind words during this very difficult time, not only for my sister (Scott's mom) and Scott's siblings, but for his grandmother, aunts, uncle, and cousins. He is and will always be our hero! Thanks Scotty for all you did, We love you!"
Belen S. Sanchez of San Antonio, Texas

"I miss you more than you will ever know buddy!! I cant believe it has been so long it seems like yesterday. I will never forget losing a brother like you. You helped me through hard times as i had to with you. You are my hero, i remember the days where you would volunteer for everything. You were so brave to say, send me. I will always have fond memmories of you and love yas forever. To the family of Anthony, my heart is with you as all was lost in the desert... please forgive us for not getting your boy home safe to you. I am so sorry.

SPC Ross, Brandon A 3ID combat vet"
Brandon Ross of grandville, mi

"January 6, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Anthony S. Miller:
Anthony gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I sit here reading information about you. I know and understand the lost of your family and friends.Iīm angry this had to happened to you and many others. I also know you and your brothers and sisters in Armed Forces protect us from these Radical Muslim Terrorist. There intent is to destroy all Americans and their Allies. My son is there now serving in the US CAV. ®God Bless you Hero.®I cry out for you...."
Henry Leigh Coulston of San Antonio, Texas-Bexar

"I knew Scotty as long as I knew Susan. I still remember the day he left for bootcamp and I still remember the day he came home like it was yesterday. The change was night and day. Seeing him in his uniform and hearing him address the cashier at Whataburger as "ma'am" impressed me. The pride that he had in his accomplishment and reading his letters from bootcamp gave me a chill down my spine. He was, and will always be, a hero to me. Words cannot describe the person he was in this life, and I find myself still missing him and in some way wish I could see him again. Even if it were just the times we didn't see eye to eye. At the tender age of 19, he was more of a man then than most people I know today.

Thank you Scotty for your service to this country and doing your part to protect this great nation. Your death will never be in vain.

Semper Fi
Pvt Saldana, Eric USMC"
Saldana, Eric of Dallas, TX

"Anthony,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Rock Of The Marne!"

"PFC Miller-
Although we have never met, I have worn a braclet with your name on it since June of 2003. I wore it through my tour in Iraq in 2004 to honor you and your sacrifice and I will continue to wear it as long as I live. I have been in the Army for 13 years; not a day goes by where I am not grateful for the sacrifice young, bright and brave soldiers such as your self have made. PFC Miller you are a hero to me. My children will know of your courage. Thank you,
-SGT John Millan"
SGT John Millan of Bonney Lake, WA

"It's been four years since Anthony has passed and I wanted to let his family know that we think of him daily.

Who are we?

Four years ago I started writing a play about 911 with the help of my high school students that I teach. We spent the entire 2002/2003 school year working on the play and stopped writing the day after your son was killed. When we read the paper we decided to change one of our character's names to "Tony" (short for Anthony) in his honor. I hope you don't mind.

As I mentioned, we stopped writing April 8th. The play went unfinished and I put it away. This past year I dug it out and, again with the help of my students, began to rework it. The character of Tony has grown into someone I hope every audience member can be proud of. Although our character Tony was not, and is not, a recreation of your son, I just wanted you to know your son has touched our hearts and drives us to complete an amazing play. Today I'm putting the finishing touches on the play, four years later, on April 8th. What an amazing coincidence?

My heart goes out to all of you."
Rebecca of Seguin, Texas

"I want to thank everyone for their kind messages and prayers. Scott is missed by me and his family every day. It will be four years this April that Scott was killed in Iraq and again it only seems like yesterday that it happened. With this passage of time, his loss is much harder to deal with, while the memories are stronger than ever. Scott now rests at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with his comrades from America's many conflicts. They are not forgotten, but honored by all who visit and pay tribute to our heros. I know when I visit, I talk to Scott and let him know how much he is missed and loved by his family and friends. There is some confort that he is surrounded by fallen heros from the current conflict, but there is also great sadness that there are so many. I hope and pray for confort to all of the other families who have lost a loved one, but I know that it is hard.
Scott was a fine young man, dedicated to his new profession along with pride in being able to serve his country. He knew it was going to difficult road to go on, but he was determined to finish and profit from the experience.
Again, my thanks to everyone for their sympathy and kind words.
Sincerely,
Patrick C. Miller Sr."
Patrick C. Miller Sr. of San Antonio, TX.

"Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. We all owe our freedom to individuals like you. Though I never met or knew you I thank you. John Jay Mustangs Class of 1985"
Brian Parker of San Antonio, Tx

"Hello,
I too am a soldier and have deployed many times since 9/11 to Iraq and Saudi Arabia. My deepest sympothy goes out to the mother and the family of this great hero Anthony S. Miller,who gave the ultimate sacrifice. May God bless you (mom) and all your loved ones. I will keep Anthony and you'all im my prayers. I didn't have the pleasure to know him, but he was one of us (military) so i feel like i did. God Bless! Orlando Garza USAF, John Jay, C/O 94'"
orlando garza of san antonio tx

"Message for: Joe McMillan of Kilgore, TX

I am Anthony's mother. Please e-mail me at odietojoy@yahoo.com. I would love to hear from you."
Maria T. Saldivar of Omaha, NE

"To the family of Anthony S. Miller, I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church:Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington, Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga.

"I was Millers battle buddy through basic training. I just came back from Iraq about a month ago and I wish I could find the words to say to the family if there is a way that I could speak to the mother of Anthony could some one give me the address."
Joe McMillan of Kilgore, Tx

"Thank you for all that you given to your community and our country.
John Jay c/o '99"
F. B. of San Antonio

"Thank you for all that you given to your community and our country.
John Jay c/o '99"
F. B. of San Antonio

"First off, Thank you Pfc Anthony S Miller for your courage and our freedom. I am very proud of you. To his family, my heartfelt condolences. I didn't know Pfc Anthony S Miller but I wear a bracelet on my wrist in honor of him and all of the other fallen soldiers from www.HeroBracelets.org. I received mine in the mail today and his name is on it. I will wear it with honor and respect and may God always be with Anthony and his family."
Kimberly of Georgetown, Texas

""You honor, Your valor, Your service, Your strength, Your bravery, thank you Private Miller for all you have done for me, my family and all of us who leave in this great country! We love you, you are our hero and we all look forward to seeing you smile when we cross through the gates of heaven our brother.

John Jay High School Class of 2000
"Our Mustang, Our Soilder, Our Hero!""
Steve of San Antonio, TX

"This message comes from the mother who lost her son. Thank you all very much for your thoughts and prayers. I know that I will never get over losing my son, but I appreciate the sympathy and comfort everyone has offered. If anyone would like to share a story of their experiences with my son Pfc. Anthony S. Miller, please feel free to write to me directly at the following e-mail address: odietojoy@yahoo.com. I would love to hear stories from people who knew him for whatever length of time it may have been. Please share with me. Thank you."
Maria T. Saldivar of San Antonio, TX/USA

"hi"

"I miss those days when we used to play basketball. I miss my cuzin scott so much.
From your little cuzin Oscar Saldvar"
Oscar Saldivar of San Antonio,Texas/united states

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Anthony, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN (4/7/04)

"Private Miller, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"i just want to say that i am the cousin of Anthony Scott Miller my name is Teena Gonzales. I would like to say that he was the best cousin i had ever had he was always there for me when i needed him, all i can say is i miss him and love him very much i wish he was here so that i could talk to him cause right now i need him. R.I.P ANTHONY SCOTT MILLER Love your loving cousin much love sent to you."
Teena Gonzales of San Antonio,Tx

"Thank you Anthony Miller, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"Our prayers go out to your family. We have a daughter still serving in Iraq. Prayers are our best gifts to give and receive. God bless you and your family and the memory of your son."
Barbara & Joseph Baskin of Ahwatukee, Arizona, USA

"thank you for our freedom. you will never be forgotten."
JJ class of 1997 of san antonio, texas

"TO THE MILLER FAMILY;
I AM THE FATHER OF SPC.GEORGE A. MITCELL JR.,MY HERO THAT WAS TAKEN TO A BETTER PLACE LIKE YOUR SON AND HENRY BROWN ON THAT DREDFULL DAY,OUR FAMILY TO YOURS IN PRAYERS."
George A.Mitchell Sr. of Enola,Pa.

"My heartfelt sympathies go out to you, during this painful time. I say a prayer for Anthony, and for you folks, each night. I pray that God will embrace you and give you the strength you need to get through. I'll keep you folks and Anthony in my heart always. God bless you..."
Kim Smith-Pv2 Robert L. Frantz's mom of San Antonio, Texas

"We thank you for the sacrifice Anthony made for us. Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you Anthony, for your courage and sacrifice. May God always keep you in His care."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Anthony Miller:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Anthony for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Anthony Miller:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Anthony, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"Deepest sympathy to Anthony's family and friends for the ulimate scarifice.

God Bless All."
Susana Contreras Czerwinski of Sturtevant, WI USA

"This is for PFC Miller and all of the other fallen soldiers who gave their all in Iraq. Your sacrifice and dedication to your country will forever be a tribute to the freedom loving people of this great nation. You did not have to volunteer, but you did. You followed orders and you believed in what you were doing. As a combat veteran of the first Gulf War, I salute everyone of you and I will always think of you when I see the flag. God Bless all of you and their families."
SSG Mark Colindres of Austin, Texas USA

"To the family of Corporal First Class Anthony Miller. You don't know me but l would like to extend my deepest sorrow in your most difficult time. It must be so heartbreaking to lose a son so young. l picked your son's name from a list of the brave men and women who made the extreme sacrifice to preserve this freedom and let the people of Iraq experience freedom also. l have relatives in Texas and l felt that the very least l could do is to try to let you know the deep sorrow and compassion that l have for you the loved ones of Anthony. Your son gave his life so that others could enjoy freedom. They fought a just war and conducted themselves in an exemplary manner avoiding civilian casualities where possible and even retrieving wounded enemy soldiers and treating their wounds. Words cannot express my feelings but l have to let you know that l will be praying for Anthony and his bereaved loved ones.God Bless America and all it's brave men and women who risk their lives to preserve the freedom that we all enjoy and yes even in Canada where l live."
geoffrey_inniss@videotron.ca of Montreal Canada

"RIP Brave Soldier. We shall never forget you.."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on