Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Capt. Lowell T. Miller II

35, of Flint, Michigan.
Miller died in Iskandariyah, Iraq, when his military training team was conducting operations with the Iraqi Army and they came under attack by enemy forces using small arms fire. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, McComb, Mississippi. Died on August 31, 2005.

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"To the family of Capt. Miller,

I served as his First Sergeant when he was Commandert of C Co. 1-125 INF (Mech) in Alpena, MI. Tom was an officer of the finest quality and is deeply missed. Fairwell my brother and I'll see you in Valhala.

1SG Donald H. Gilmet
Alpena, MI"
Don Gilmet of Alpena, MI

"You are not or will you ever be forgotten my friend. I'm old now and I am nearing the end of my career as a history teacher but your faded picture still hangs in my classroom and every year a child will ask about you and I tell them."
SSG Patrick Chargo of St. Ignace, Michigan

"I was thinking about you today Tommy. It's funny how you come to mind at the strangest of times. I was rembering when you used to play piano and I would sing with you. I always enjoyed that so much. I also was thinking of cutting your hair and how picky you became after joining the Military, those were some of the best times shared with you. I met someone recently that reminded me so much of you. Your build, your great smile and personality. He served in the Army and also In Iraq. I had to tell him all about you and how much he reminded me of you. It was hard to leave that evening, funny that I met him in a gun shop. We miss you terribly but take comfort that we will see you again. Boy what a reuin that will be!"
Marcy Smith of Oldsmar Florida

"It has been many years since Iraq. Each Memorial Day, our church plays a slide show of military servicemen and women from our church who have passed away. My husband, Chaplain Assistant, Harry Davis is pastor and we include those brave men who died while they were in Iraq in 2005. Every time Miller's picture comes up, my husband can't help but shed a tear. Miller had a profound impact on Harry. His death still affects him today as it will always affect you. Sometimes after someone has been gone a while, people start to forget. I just want everyone to know that Lowell Miller has not been forgotten."
Annette Davis of Poplarville, Mississippi

"Capt. Miller. It has been years since we were assigned to HHC 1/125th inf. But as veterans day is upon us my thoughts turn to you again. You were definitely a soldiers officer which is why I was not surprised to hear what happened to you. You were one who would stand by your soldiers in the thick and thin. You never acted better or above your soldiers. You stood next to them working fighting by their side and leading the way. You lead by example and were looked upon that if * hit the fan I wanted you by my side. This world and the soldiers has truly lost a great man soldier and officer."
formerly sgt. Michael Sarnowski of Bay City, Michigan USA

"Tom: I think of you often as time goes by and wish you were here with all of us- your family and friends. I miss you a lot, especially your wonderful sense of humor, disciplined to do your duty, your awesome laugh and witty personality. You truly are much loved and missed and I pray for all of your family daily. I'll never forget singing the song "Here without you" with you by 3 Doors Down before going on our tour of duty in the S3 shop. No one else was in there, and there we were just belting that song out like there was no tomorrow. Those were the times I missed the most... I am medically retiring from Ft. Knox as a major in the next few months. I will always remember our infantry ties as officers forever. Here's lookin' at you, Tommy. You are in my thoughts and prayers (family too) always..."
MAJ Brent Bohl, active duty of Ft. Knox, KY

"As a raw 2LT, your words of advice and care went miles to shape me into a leader who was able to do an almost impossible task. I thank you and I'm sure my Soldiers at the time appreciated it."
Matthew Eyre of Las Vegas, NV

"Cap. Miller, What is the protocol for hanging photos of fallen soliders on the wall in a public setting? Is it acceptable to hang next to the living and active soliders or should be separated on a different wall in a special place?"
Al Brown of Rancho Cucamonga, California

"Tommy, Mom and I took flowers down to McFarland Park today and placed them at the base of the column where your name resides. Dani and Alex with their mom were at Arlington and placed a red rose on your niche memorial plate. They replaced the bronze plate at McFarland with the names. They are now engraved instead of printed..Miss and Love you. Dad and Mom"
Your Dad of Flint, Michigan

"My brother in arms, you were more than just an officer, more than just a soldier, and more than just a leader. you were a true friend. I will never forget the missions we had been on together nor the long conversations and the sound advice that you have given me. the one thing I will never forget is my Birthday which is Aug 31st. each year for many years my birthday was just another day, but now my friend i remember you and what type of man and soldier you were. you will never be forgotten and I will always remember the time in Egypt that we were able to have long discussions. Rest in peace now my fallen brother may Gods Grace take your burdens and know the men you trained still fight for the same things you believed in. God Bless"
SPC Rickland L Scholz II of Camp Grayling MI

"Today is your 41st birthday son. I spent a lot of time last night awake thinking about you since you were born remembering everything I could about you. They were all great memories. We miss you as always. You would be proud of E. H.. He just got hired to a good job doing the same work that he did at Yasaki. He's been without employment for 2 years. Your brother is going back to college this summer for another Masters then he goes to West Point to teach. Your sister is now an E7; Hospital Corpsman Chief."
Dad and Mom of Flint, MI

"Capt Miller Sir its Spc Hisaw sir on the day you left us in iraq i was at the commo shed when they told me. All i could think about was the time we were in the toc and you relieved me of duty because i was out of line. The Next day I came to you and opologized to you and told you i was ready to accept whatever punishment you wanted to give me. You told me not to worry about it. i still consider you to be one of the greatest men i had the honor of serving with. I find myself thinking of you from time to time wishing that day would have never happened. i truely miss you and always will"
Scotty Hisaw of Carson Mississippi

"I worked with Cpt. Miller; on a sister MITT team. He was a fine officer, dedicated soldier and patriot. He will be missed. I think of him often.
SFC Darnell, HHC 2/508 PIR, 4th BCT, 82nd Airborne Division."
James M Darnell of Fayetteville, Nc

"Tommy my son; it is now a new year 2011 and you're still gone. Everyone in Times Sq are celebrating. Life goes on but your memory is heavy on my heart. Thank you for protecting Patrick and family today from the tornado at Ft. Leonard Wood..His house wasn't touched when all around it was devastation..Dani and Alex miss you and always will. Dani has her driver's license and You watch over her. Alex is taller than Dani now. They are so beautiful. I know you have a lot of young soldiers with you...in God's army. Mom and I love you and miss you Tommy."
Dad of Flint, MI/USA

"Tom, I was telling some one about you today, I guess that means you live on."
Bill Ascher of Michigan

"My wife played America the Beautiful today in church. I always think of Tom at this verse.

"O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine"

Still not forgotten my friend especially on the 4th of July!"
Patrick Chargo of St. Ignace Michigan

"Tommy "two tone" Miller - I think of you just about everyday - wearing your name on my wrist not so I dont forget you but so that when Im buying coffee, at church or just hanging out so that people see your name and see the sacrifices that have been made. Calling in that "angle flight" for you was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do in my life. Your memory is burned into my soul forever"
Laydon of Pueblo, Colorado

"Dear Tom and Linda,

Your son will never be forgotten. I was his Ops SGT and good friend. Tom was generous, fun loving and kind. He treated his men with great consideration and respect. I am an 8th grade history teacher in St.Ignace Mi. Tom's picture hangs in my classroom and has since we lost him. Every year I tell my students about Tom and will as long as I teach.

Yours in Christ,
Patrick Chargo"
Patrick Chargo of St. Ignace Mi.

"I love you Cpt.Miller.

Your operations SGT Patrick Chargo"
Patrick Chargo of St.Ignace Mi

"I have not forgoten either Tom."
Spc Jones

"August 31, 2009
We will always be so proud of Tommy, For paying the ultimate price for his family, friends and country. I imagine that you are playing chess with my dad and talking war storries...You are missed very much on this earth and you will never be forgotten!"
Marcy of Oldsmar FL

"August 31, 2009
Today mom and I went down to McFarland Park, where your name is on the wall along with all the other fallen from Genesee County in all the wars past. We have been there the past three days to place flowers in your memory. Tommy; mom and I miss you so much. We know we will be with you again in Heaven, but each day here on earth is still hard without you. Your girls are at Arlington today as they have been on the same date since you left us. They need that time. Patrick surprised them by being there this past weekend. He never talks about his feelings, but I know he hurts as Jennie does. Jennie will be at Bethesda for two weeks active duty the middle of September and we will all meet up there for your remembrance. You'd be proud of her and Patrick in their military career. I am.

Thank you to all who remember and post your kind words here.

Tom and Linda Miller proud parents of Capt. Lowell Thomas Miller II, Flint, Michigan"

"I didn't know you, and you didn't know me and that's ok. Our paths may have crossed in Virginia, but I doubt it. I don't know the entire story, and I don't need to know. What I do know is you died protecting us and you are a very important person for having done so. My thoughts and prayers will always be with you and your family. May they find peace knowing others think highly of you and thank you."
of Louisville, KY

"Four years ago today, we had some unfortunate visitors.... Today the girls and I are at Arlington visiting you. It hasn't gotten easier. We still love you and miss you and always will."
Jennifer Miller of Gaines, MI

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"Re: CPT Lowell T Miller

Hello,
I represent PRAYER SHAWLS 4 FALLEN SOLDIERS (PS4FS), an organization that since October 2007 has sent over 2,800 prayer shawls to military families who have lost a loved one. We are an organization of over 240 groups from all over the country. We make every effort to reach families even when post cards are returned after they have moved. Would you kindly send me a contact email/address so that we may send a loving hand-made prayer shawl to the family? Thank you!

Cozette Haggerty, Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers
Email: ps4fs@charter.net
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Cozette Haggerty of Wilbraham, Mass.

"I knew Cpt Miller very briefly at FOB Iskan and just wanted his family to know that they are in my prayers and I honor his memory especially this Memorial Day. I hope his family knows that he truly is a hero. God Bless."
Tony of Texas

"Captain Miller, I still recall when I said to you that you were as fine an officer as any I had served with regardless of the unit. We kicked * together in the Summer of '01. Those sneak and peek missions you gave Stafford and I shook up the heirarchy and gave notice to the Brass they may not be as safe as they thought. With your bold strokes and C co's motivation we took the Award for best company that year with ease, cementing a solid tradition we could all be proud. After 9/11 when I left to get into the war, you helped me expedite the process to enter active service again, thank you, and thanks for buying a few rounds on my way out the door. Little did I know the next time I would see your name it would be in Memoriam watching George Stephenapolis in a chow hall in Afghanistan. War is hell and we are all aware of its dangers so I will not pity you, but you can be assured I shall honor your memory as a soldier of the American Republic. Until we meet again my friend I salute you. Strength and Honor!!"
SFC Roger K. Ordish II of Fort Irwin, CA

"It's been just over three years, and I know how hard it still is for everyone who loved Tom. Even though he was only a part of our family for a short time, my mother loved him deeply and unconditionally, and I know with one hundred percent certainty that she still feels the loss everyday. Tom changed our lives so profoundly and in so many ways. I was thirteen when he died, and now I'm writing my college entrance essays about how much Tom impacted us. Rest assured, Mr. and Mrs. Miller, that even after three years no one has forgotten. I don't know if you'll see this or not, but on the chance that you do.. I hope all is well, especially with the girls. God bless."
Jessica of Monroe, MI

"Yesterday was bad, you are missed. You gave up alot to spend your last year here on this planet with me. You gave up your reputation, your friends, and your family. And I never said thank you, my one regret...

I am sorry and thank you.

You will always have my heart."
Angel of Monroe

"31 August, 2008
Son, The days are passing too fast. Your daughters are getting so mature. Dani is about 5ft 9in and there isn't any girl as pretty except for Alex who I see you in more and more everday. Your mother didn't want to be around people today, so she stayed home from church. Mike and Tina remembered you with a card. Not too many remembered or if they did didn't want to bring it up. I don't understand why people won't talk to us or mention you. I believe they don't know how. Mom and I went this afternoon to Jen and the girl's home. We had lunch and released balloons with messages on them. Dani and Alex's were red and blue. Jen's was white. Mom's and mine were yellow. I watched as they went up and disappeared. There wasn't a cloud in the sky. Your daughters balloons stayed together and disappeared suddenly as if you reached down and grabbed them. Jen's drifted alone and mom and mine stayed together and slowly disappeared. A little while later when I was outside, I looked up and thought I saw one of the yellow balloons; but as I watched it moved and then there were more, barely visible to the naked eye. I didn't have my binoculars with me. The best I could make out they were white and I counted at least 6 of them. They might have been eagles soaring so high. I received this as a sign of peace and contentment as if God himself sent me a message that you were with Him and all was well. Even with all this and our faith, we still miss you so much. It was a rough day for all.
We love you son."
Dad and Mom of Flint, Michigan

"It's been three years today... it still hurts. We all miss you everyday."
Jennifer Miller of Gaines, MI

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Capt. Lowell T. Miller, II:
Lowell 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

"Tommy, This is our third CHRISTmas without you. Jen and the girls have moved from Flint this year. They have the home in the country you promised them. It's across the road from a horse farm. They have a special CHRISTmas tree for you outside of their bedrooms. They have decorated it with all the ornaments that they had which we got each year. (all the toy soldiers). Alex noted the three years that you have been gone. She and Dani miss you very much. Jen is taking real good care of them. Mom and I are doing all we can to do the things you would have done if you were still with us, but we can't take your place as their father. It broke my heart this fall when they had a "father-daughter" basketball game at the end of the season. I wanted to go with her in you place but she just wanted to stay home. Dani plays for Swartz Creek Dragons and is so much improved. You would be so proud of her.They finished 9-2. You mom and I continue to do things to keep you memory alive with those who tend to forget. We have come to the realization that we will never be over losing you. I talked with Sgt Hatcher. He told us how respected you were with the 155th.
Patrick is attending the Naval Post Graduate School and is doing good. Jennie was extended at the Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany for a total of 2 years. She was just promoted to HM1 (First Class E-6). She got to come home for two week for CHRISTmas. I am proud of all my patriotic children. We can not seem to move forward, you were too imprinted on our lives for so long. A loan from God. A loan redeemed. We love you."
Dad and Mom

"God bless his loved ones. God give them Peace. I'm one American proud of him, although I never knew him personally. I'm sorry for his family's loss--let them know how much his sacrifice is appreciated and never forgotten."
karen krzos of oakdale, new york

"The time don't make it any easier. Everyday I think of the good times we had together to know they will never be repeated. I know that the man we all mourn is watching over us everday and guiding our every move. With that all I can say is God Bless our HERO and remember him each and every day. CPT MILLER you will never be forgotten and Thank You for all the good times we had in the 125 Infantry."
SPC LABO, M of FLINT, MI, USA

"2 Years, it does not seem so long ago. I can still remember every word, every smile, every dance we shared. I still feel the disbelief, the pain, the anger of seeing that Major walk through my front door. As always, I know, he was doing what he loved... that he would not have wanted it any other way...that he is in a better place and yet still here with all of us. In so many ways I have moved forward.... but, still and I believe for always. He will be in my heart of hearts, my husband, my friend..and my hero. Much Love to you, Tommy, Sir :)... You are missed."
CPT Angela Meyer - Miller of Monroe, MI

"It has been almost 2 years since I lost my Friend. It is not a day goes by that I dont think about him. I am truly blessed to have served with him and I miss him every day. I can still hear him saying Hatch is that you as I entered our tent in the Fob. I can still see the smile on his face as He was getting married over the phone. I can still hear him telling me to get down and do pushup and laughing at me over the radio because he asked for a radio check before he went out on patrol and I told him lima-charlie just to mess with him. I also remember telling the pilot in the dustoff to leave my friend and remember the hurt and the feelings I had when it happened.
To the family of Capt Miller I would like to say that is was a honor to serve with him. If there is anything that I could do for yall, please feel free to contact me. gunstud1200@aol.com"
Kery Hatcher of Port Gibson Ms

"Capt. Miller was an Officer who thought of the soldiers under him first. He looked out for everyone and made sure everyone else had what they needed before himself. He is sorely missed and will always be in our hearts. HE was a friend to alot of people and it was an honor to serve with him at the 125 inf. He continues to be missed and will forever be remembered by all of us who served along side of him."
SPC Joseph Macksoud of North Branch, Mi

"To the friends and family of my CPT L.Miller also known as CPT Tom Miller. I thas been over a year and to this day I still sit down and weep and remember the man who made the most important impact on my military career. The feelings I had for this man is known by few and far between but his biggest concern for me was "Labo, Mission first brother, mission first." So with great heartache and sadness I am carrying on the mission of my Friend and a great Military Leader, May God Rest His Soul. Viking 33 we will always miss you brother. God Bless all the Family and friends of this great Man. If anyone wants to remember CPT Miller with me my email is ArmyLabo@comcast.net

SPC Labo, Matthew"
Labo, Matthew of Flint, MI 48506

"To the family of:Lowell T. Miller ll I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully 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: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"On 7 OCT 2006, A memorial was unvieled in the city of Monroe's Memorial Park for the fallen soldiers from this county. CPT Lowell T. Miller II name is on the Statue along with 5 others. The ceremony was beautiful, the day perfect. We, the family's, could feel the presence of our Heros with us. It also gave the troops who were with our loved ones overseas a chance to meet and share their memories...To them and all the people who have prayed with us, remembered with us, and left their blessings, I thank you. My husband "Tommy" would be honored that you cared so deeply. Do not mourn his loss; He died doing what he loved, and I know he is still with us all; his parents, his siblings, his children, his extended family, the troops, and his friends. He is still here, looking out and taking care. May God Bless you and Keep you...and again, with all my heart, I Thank you."
CPT Angela Meyer - Miller of Monroe, MI

"I was with Capt. Miller on the raid he lost his life in. He was the first one through the gate leading his Iraqi soliders. He defined courage and leadership that day for me and the rest of the guys on the ground that day. It has been a year and not a day goes by that I do not think about Capt Miller and his family. I pray for you everyday ."
Sra Chris Stone of Meridian MS

"I am very proud to say that Capitan Lowell T Miller II, is my cousin. He is deeply missed and he will never be forgotten."
shani of davison, mi

"It's been a year and even though Tom is gone, he is definitely not forgotten. He lives on through those of us whose lives he touched. He was one-of-a-kind and I know I have not met anyone like him, before or since. Your family is still in my thoughts and prayers."
Sara of Milford, MI

"9-12-2006 Tommy (Capt. Lowell T. Miller II)my son. Killed on 8-31-2005, just over a year ago. To his mom and me the hurt has not diminished for us. Where are all those who were there a year ago. We seem so alone. I revisit this site time and again and read again all the beautiful things that were said while the time was fresh. Thanks again to all who left your thoughts."
Tom Miller of Flint, MI

"Angie i also loved you husband as a good friend, i miss and greave his loss. i shall always rember our time we served together and will tell my sons about him. please call me, you can get my number from jim wills, YNA or the 125th. If you are ever in need, any place or time. call my number and i will insure that you are taken care of.
Bill...(RLTW)"
william ascher(usa ret) of pontiac mi

"I served under then LT Miller in the 1-125 Infantry Mtr Plt. Having been on active duty 4 fours years I can honestly say that he was the best platoon leader I ever served under and a geniune nice guy. He will be missed."
Dan Spencer - former trooper of Grand Blanc, MI

"Captain Miller set the standards of professionalism, duty, and honor. I respected him highly. Simper Fi and Godspeed, Sir."
SPC Mark Tipton CO A 1/125th INF of Limestone, TN.

"I had the opportunity to serve under CPT. Miller on the MFO mission in Egypt, as a member of the M.Ps attached to the 125 INF. A moment that stood out on that mission. It was a very cold day in Dec. and we were trying to get through the diffrent weapons ranges and snafu after snafu popped up keeping us there. Through this whole time; wich took a very cold and wet four days. This officer sat out there with us never seeking shelter. When I asked why? He got very stern with me and said. He would never ask someone to do something he would not do. CPT Miller went out of his way to take care of us. "His M.Ps" as he said. I hold you sir with the greatest respect and you and your family are in my family's prayer. We will miss you sir."
SGT. Greg Swallow of Kingsford, MI

"Tom was my Brother Rat and a good man. Tom, thank you for your service and God Bless you and your family."
CPT Bob Matson, USAR / VMI '93 of Richmond, VA

"I was lucky enough te be attached to Tom's Company when he first took command on an annual training period in Hohenfelz, Germany. As an Artillery Officer attached to an Infantry Company, Tom always took the time to show me the ropes. We had alot of fun together acting as OPFOR against the 173rd. I learned ALOT from Tom about leadership and tactics in those 3 weeks. We also spent a lot of time tipping a few back in the off hours. He is one of the best leaders and coolest guys I've ever worked for. He loved what he did in the military and he always spoke of how much he loved his family. He was a great guy that will be missed. I feel very lucky that I was able to cross his path and I'm proud to call him a friend."
1LT John A. Gates of 1BN 119th Field Artillery Michigan National Guard

"I did not know you sir but i thank you... as a cadet now the loss of those who have gone before us now hits hard. may the angels guide you in heaven and bring peace to your family. You gave everything you had to give and there is no act more noble ..... Thank you"
Brant M Priest of Lexington VA

"Tommy's mom and I are so overwhelmed by the multitude of wonderful things that have been said about him. You raise a son and teach him principles that you were taught with and wonder did it stick? If he had lived to see me die first, then I would not have known so many people who he knew (that I didn't know)and what a mark he has left for humanity. (I could have lived with that. We have always been so proud of him and his accomplishment outside the military. That wasn't enough for him. He had done so much. Most who have written on this memorial only knew him via his service to his country. I din't know a whole lot about all the things he has done in the Guard except when I went to an activity or he told me. He didn't brag or put on a show when he made Captain. One thing that Tommy taught me was "It's not about me". That's why all these things I am told and read about now are so wonderful, because I never heard him "blow his own whistle". There was a man at the turn of the 19th century named Andrew Summers Rowan who was sent by President McKinley after the president asked who could take a message to Garcia a Cuban General. I won't relay the whole story but you can read about Rowan at www.wvculture.org/history/military/messagetogarcia.html
It is a story that I gave my children and reminded them of during any difficult time.
Tommy in my oppinion is the Garcia of today. He never question an assignment. He could "carry a message to Garcia".
Linda and I have made an attempt to send thank you notes to anyone we had an address for, but there are so may more who have prayed, written memorials or just remembered us who also we want to tell how much it is appreciated. Jessica what a wonderful poem. Thank you. Angel on July 2nd Tommy was as happy as we have ever seen him. I'm so sorry for your loss. You had so much to look forward to. I wish I could share all the memories that Tommy's mom and I have during the last 35 years. He was given to us for what now seems like such a short time. I know his sister, Jennie and brother Patrick have a big hole in their heart. His little girls, Danielle and Alex have been devistated. I only reflect on all the good times. The most comforting thought is that we will see him again in Glory. There is only one way we will see him again and that is through the redempting blood of Jesus Christ. It is free for the asking. No one should leave this earth without this hope.
Again thank you everyone. You all are so dear to us, and we will cherish you words and thought forever."
Tommy's Dad and Mom of Flint, MI

"I was assigned to the Military Funeral Honors detail that conducted the ceremony for CPT (MAJ) Miller. I was the bugle player. I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the family and to say that he was a great commander, man, and friend. I also worked with him during several AT's. I was very distrought to hear of his untimely death. He will be missed and can never be replaced. Once again, I would like to say how sorry I am for your loss."
SPC Andrew Rivard, A Co. 1BN 125INF (Mech) of Warren, MI

"To the friends and family of CPT MILLER please know that my heart goes out to you. They say that God only takes the best and the CPT Miller I knew was one of the best. I will never forget what I learned from him. This is a poem that I came up with the words to and had my wife write shortly after I heard the news. Its called
"A Fallen Soldier Returns Home."
I was a soldier sent
to serve overseas
Stepping on foreign soil calling it a temporary home for me.
I fought for freedom serving my country to give others a better life.
But God would once take me from my fellow soldiers, my children, and my wife.
He gave me a chance to live my dream,
To travel places some will never see.
To walk on foreign soil and feel God holding my hand.
Knowing there was a reason I was led on to those foreign sands.
I fought for the freedom of every American from sea to sea.
I know that God, My Family, and Fellow Soldiers were so proud of me.
The Lord held my hand and said Son its time to lead you home.
Not to worry, together your family has grown.
I knew My family and Fellow soldiers would be sad, But would honor me, as of them I had.
I walked with the Lord to the lines at the Golden Gates.
He grabbed my hand and said Son your a SOLDIER and a HERO, you don't have to wait.
To me and my family CPT Miller was a HERO who will never be forgotten. We will all miss him."
SPC LABO, Matt of Flint, MI 125 S-3

"I served under Capt. Tom Miller as his shift NCOIC in the TOC. I am truly honored to have served with this great man. I worked with him every night 12 hours a night for 6 months. He always saw that we gave 100 percent to support the units outside the wire. He was our calm . He was there standing beside you making those tough decisions that a Battle Captain has to make. I will miss Captain Miller as my leader, my brother and most of all my friend. Captain Miller might have been from Michigian but he was truly a Mississippi Rifle. Stand Fast Mississipian"
SGT Kery Hatcher of HHC 1/155IN 155BCT FOB Iskandariyah Iraq

"From the very first moment Tom and I met, we clashed. You could even say we disliked each other. He was dating my sister at the time and he was a very confident, opinionated man. To make a long story short, they married -my first bridesmaid experience, blubbering down the aisle. And two beautiful neices later, Tom and I continued to clash. (The man picked on me mercilessly!) But there was a moment - and I remember this very vividly - just after Christmas in Vermont - Tom was driving and we were talking, not our usual trying-to-prove-something banter, but simply two people talking. And I thought to myself, "Okay, maybe we really can be friends." That afternoon, in the car, in the snowy hills of Vermont, talking with my brother about life - I want that moment back. But it's gone, and I'm left with the memories and the prayer that Tom did not die in vain.
Tom, I wish you peace."
Heather Edwards of Astoria, New York

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your
Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the loyal service and sacrifice that was made and
WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
Our cousin LCPL Michael Smith Jr. gave his life on 4-17-04 fighting for freedom.
Please know that this was not in vain and these American Heros will FOREVER be honored.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"I had the distinct pleasure of working with CPT Miller over here for a while and he was truly a great man. He always went out of his way to help the fellow soldiers around him, and he just had this great positive attitiude and enerygy about him. No matter what he was truly feeling inside, he never let anyone see him mad or upset. To his family and friends I am truly sorry for your loss. He will truly be missed."
SGT Casey J McGeorge D Co 2/11 ACR, FOB Iskan, Iraq of Worcester MA

"Tom, you are a Soldier. Our conversations on Leadersip and the NCO Corps convinced me of that. Your ability to lead Soldiers and your dedication to our Country showed all of us that you are a Soldier. Thank you for being there for us. Carolyn and I will remember you and your sacrifice for us and your family. Our sympathy goes out to your family and friends. take care Captain Miller"
CSM Thomas W. Foster of Ossineke, Michigan/United States of America

"I had the honor of serving with Tom in the 125 IN BN. Tom was the type of leader, soldier...and friend we want in the foxhole with us during the fight...when things really matter. He is missed. Our deepest sorrow to his family. Tom and Denise Golden"
CPT Thomas Golden of Utica, Mi

"Tom was a soldier in every aspect of his life. We could always depend on Tom at Yazaki; his home away from what he knew to be his primary task in life...The Army. Tom will be greatly missed; his booming voice in the halls and his regular ad-hoc meetings at the coffee machine. Tom is a good person, friend, co-worker, etc. Not to say Tom did not have his moments when he felt diplomacy was over and wanted to "inflect" his own form of diplomatic correction. But these moments were few and far between. Tom was missed at Yazaki when he left to serve our country, and will be missed much more now that he will not be returning. I offer my condolences to the entire extended family that Tom has created over the years and say Godspeed to send Tom on his way."
Eric Leszczynski of Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

"When Soldiers Cry 9/11/05
for my step father Lowell T. Miller II

A newly wed couple, and he leaves for the war
He leaves children and parents and friends behind
His wife yearns for him inexorably
As her husband strives to serve all of mankind

One rainy evening brings a knock on the door
And the major walks in, fully dressed in his blues
He removes his hat and he bows his head
As he’s forced to share his heartrending news

The husband is no longer with us, his life fulfilled
The epitome of a hero’s honorable dream
His fellow soldiers came first, without a thought of himself
His wife’s heart is crying it’s perpetual scream

The family fights through the week, with consuming pain
As they prepare for the hero’s ceremony of rest
A guard stands by his casket, always at his side
While his wife tries to honor her husband’s final requests

Before the service, visitation precedes
While the two families join and mourn their loss
Everyone’s crying and hugging, except for me
I notice the guard that we’re sitting across

Protocol says that they stand straight and tall
And they do this with honor by the fallen one’s side
They pay a great tribute volunteering for this
It is a service for our hero, held with utmost pride

I sit in the corner, gazing at this man’s face
It seems from afar to be set gravely in stone
But upon closer look there’s a tear on his cheek
The thoughts in his head left for me to ponder alone

I haven’t cried until this very point
When I see a soldier is humble enough to shed tears
He has lost his brother, fellow soldier, and friend
And I realize that this man in not so austere

People seem to think that soldiers don’t weep
That they’re emotions are solid and they don’t have pain
It’s a disheartening thing to witness a soldier’s tears
Though it’s a thing where the reason is hard to explain

It’s the fact that they honor this fellow hero
And they mourn the loss of him as much as us all
Yet they still go back and continue on with their service
Knowing that any second they could be next to fall

But to them it’s an honor greater than any
They are proud to service our country each day
Freedom has a price, and they’re fully aware
That to keep it for us, they’re the ones willing to pay"
Jessica

"Tommy~
You will always and forever be my gentle giant, my hero...thank you for Everything. With love and God's blessings."
Angel

"Our deepest sympathys to the family and friends of Lowell Miller. We will never forget his bravery, his dedication and commitment for the cause of freedom. Family of Lowell, you are in our hearts and prayers during this time of sorrow. We will never forget his sacrifice,never."
Vigil Family of Wheatridge CO

"Thank You Lowell Miller for your HEROISM. May you now know the peace you so rightly deserve. You are truly safe at last. My heart aches with your family & friends for their loss. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you, for I share your pain."
Melissa Macchi (cousin of PFC Mark Barbret from Shelby Twp., MI, killed in Iraq on 10/14/04) of Roseville, MI

"Tom, our infantry brother,
I truly miss you already. Words cannot even begin to express the pain each of us feel in our hearts of your passing (your family and infantry brothers). The words you wrote to your parents ring clear to all of us who continue to serve our Nation, and are branded on each of our hearts, "Mom and Dad; I serve so others don't have to..." We drive on each day thinking about the example you set providing Freedom for our country and training, leading, and protecting others in need of support. Thank you Tom for your laughter during the rough times; tears and encouragement during other's tough times (when my mother passed away); service and support to others when you were swamped with your own duties; displaying discipline, duty, valor and honor second to None; and your Sacrifice for each one of us in the land of the Free... We will never forget you. To your family, wife and loved ones; Tom's everything you said about him- a soldier, leader, protector and believer. The Lord definitely used him to touch many people's lives for the better. May God send His Spirit to comfort you during the days to come and be with you every step of the way. Your son is a true American Hero in my (and many others) eyes, and he is greatly missed. "STRENGTH and HONOR" In Christ..."
CPT Brent Bohl of Lansing, MI / USA

"I served under CPT. Tom Miller as a Mortar PLT.Section SGT. this was the first time I had the pleasure of meeting Tom, I remember it as if it was yesterday. that was 6 years ago. He ask me what is it I need to know as a PLT Leader. From that day forward he had my respect. He learned the Mortar systems and there was no turning back. This young leader,leaded his soldiers and touched each and everyone of them as if we where his children. I am very proud to have serve with him and be a part of his life. I remember the last time we talked, he told me to do the things that I have always done, take care of the soldiers they look to you for guidance. I said Tom we will soldier again together. This man has touched the life of all that knew him. To HIS FAMILY there is nothing that I have said here that you already didn't know, I would like to say myself and my family heart's go out to you all, and know that the Tom that I know would want us all to live in harmony. To his wife LT.Meyer, our Amry family will always be there for you. Tom YOU ARE MISSED. GODSPEED"
1SG Rodney Harris of Detroit, MI/ USA

"I've known Tom Miller since he arrived at A Co. 1-125 Infantry many years ago. He was always a well respected officer and a gentlemen. His loss deeply saddens us all, but he will never be forgotten. His wife Angela served with us during the MFO mission in the Sinai, she will be in our thoughts and prayers. She is also a well respected Officer and a Lady as well as an awsome person."
SSG John D. Lewis of Shelby Twp. MI., USA

"My name is 1LT Dykes from A CO 1-125 IN. I served with CPT Miller and 1LT Meijer-Miller during the Sinai mission. I want Angela to know that she is in the thoughts and prayers of me and everyone that I know. CPT Miller was an excellent soldier and a nice guy as well. He is a hero and will be remembered with honor. God bless."
1LT Dykes, Robert C. of Milan, MI United States

"I served as as Medic, with Charlie Co. 1-125 Inf. MIARNG under Captain Miller he was the finest officer I have met. He has always motivated me and others to continue to serve and be good soldiers. My heart goes out to his loved ones, family and children for their loss. "A brave Captain is as a root, out of which as branches the courage of his soldiers doth spring." quoted from Sir Phillip Sidney. "Farewell to the worthiest Knight that lived." -unknown. You will be in our thoughts and hearts forever, Thank you, Sir. "WOLVERINES""
Sgt. English, of Gaylord, Michigan/ USA

"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.
Our nations HERO, Lowell will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you ALWAYS.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Tom,
You were always one to take charge, always one to lead. You couldn't sit idly by on the sidelines watching others do something for you when you knew that you could help. You were a Brother Rat, a roommate, a friend, a brother. I thank God for men like you in our military and I pray that your example, your life will inspire others to take a stand for what they believe in. To your family, there aren't words to express the grief of losing a son, a brother, a father, a husband. I pray for you all that God will shelter you in His arms during this time and comfort you with the assurance that Tom sits beside Him now, watching over you every day. Well done, thy good and faithful servant."
CH(CPT) Charles A. Leggett (VMI '93) of Fort Sill, Oklahoma

"Joined now with your fellow soldiers from Flint in Heaven. I know each of you are resting in the safety and beauty you so deserve. Thank you for your committment to each of us! As with our son, you to are our son, we hold your family in our hearts because we know. Continue to smile on us! Tell our son Sgt. Michael Pedersen we miss him so. Blessings."
Lila Lipscomb, Mother of Sgt. Michael Pedersen of Flint, Michigan

"To the entire Miller Family.. I don't know if you will remember me, I am Guss's niece Tammy... I just wanted to offer my condolences for you loss. Your son seemed a brave and proud man, and a dedicated soldier. My husband (who returned safely home after 15 months in Iraq) and I cannot express adequately, how our hearts to out to you. God Bless Tommy.."
Tammy Rianda of Reno NV

"Tom, I am the mother of your classmate (VMI '93) and friend, Matt Williams.

Thank you for your sacrifice for our country and for living such an honorable life. My husband and I are praying in thanksgiving for your life and for peace and comfort for your family. May you rest in peace."
Linda Williams Cattanach of Blairsville, GA

"Tom, you were a friend to my younger brother, Matt Williams, at VMI - his classmate (class of '93) and next door neighbor in the barracks for two years. My husband, eight children, and I will pray the Rosary in your honor tomorrow evening (we just learned of your passing tonight). I will tell my children of your bravery and how you gave your life for your country and the cause of freedom. May God bless your precious family and bring them His comfort and peace."
Andrea DeKroon of Cumming, GA, USA

"CAPT. MILLER THAT YOU FOR SERVING OUR GREAT COUNTY. YOUR LEADERSHIP WILL BE MISSED. NOT MANY AMERICAN'S CARED TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY. LOWELL YOU ANSWERED THE CALLING. WILL TO RISK EVERYTHING FOR US. YOU ARE AHERO; MUCH MORE THEN A HERO! THOSE THAT SERVED WITH YOU! YOU TOUCHED EACH OTHER YOUR SOLDIER'S LIVE'S. AN EACH WILL HOLD A FOND MEMORY THAT EACH SHARE PERSONALLY WITH YOU! MANY WOULD HAVE GIVEN HIS OR HER LIVE FOR YOU. LOWELL I ALSO THANK YOU! FOR SERVING ALONG SIDE MY SON. I REALIZE YOU TWO HAD NOT KNOWN ONE ANOTHER. YET, I KNEW YOU HAD HIS BACK AS HE HAD YOUR'S. THAT WAS MY COMFORT NOT TO WORRY OF MY SON. THAT HE HAS AN OFFICER OF THE LIKE'S LIKE YOU. LEADING ON TO ALWAYS PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR BROTHER'S AND SISTER'S SERVING BY YOUR SIDE. LOWELL YOU ALSO TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY IN YOUR COMMUNITY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBOR'S AND YOUR LOVING FAMILY. YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN LOWELL NOT EVER! TO YOUR FAMILY: WAR MEMORIAL TAKE YEAR'S AFTER A CONFLICT. LOWELL DESERVE'S HIS HONOR YESTERDAY! REACH OUT TO THE COMMUNITY TO DEDICATED A STREET AFTER CAPT. LOWELL T. MILLER II !!!!! MYNPRAYS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you Lowell Miller II, 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

"To the family and friends of Capt. Lowell Miller II:
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 Lowell 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 Capt. Lowell Miller II:
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 Lowell, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

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