Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Dennis J. Miller, Jr.

21, of La Salle, Michigan.
Miller died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when his unit came under enemy attack and a rocket-propelled grenade struck his M1A1 Abrams tank. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea. Died on November 10, 2004.

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"Dennis it's been a long time I still remember our conversations from Korea.. you were a great man and soldier it was my honor to have known you.your friend"
Shane Marquis of Oklahoma City OK USA

"It's an honor and privilege to have known Dennis, even briefly. He's an inspiration , and a credit to all men. To lay down ones life to protect those around you obeying orders under constant fire , and unable to use their main battle cannon , is a true American Michigan Hero. I'm humbled to have stood in the presence of this future Warrior , yes all that were with him were fearless. I struggle for words to describe this young man ,but I promise all who read this we will never forget , the sacrifice of Dennis "lil Deny" Miller , or the pain and suffering of his family and friends.
Thomas Cooner Iron Coffins M/C
Thank you All Veterans and all their families."
COONER ICMC of Nation wide

"Happy Birthday Little Denny, Missing you ever so much. Love Ma and Dad"
of LaSalle Michigan

"Tomorrow will be 11 years since your passing. I was on leave when I got the phone call and my heart dropped. I remember how close you and Paich were and couldn't imagine how he felt because he was like a big brother to you. You are definitely not forgotten brother, and this week I will honor you as a Veteran, a brother, and a tanker. We named the tank "Denman's Revenge," and I was one of the few drivers that was fortunate enough to honor it and represent it in our missions. Continue to rest in peace and know that your "Deuce Tank" brothers will always honor you. Much love Miller!"
M. Chantharaj of Tucson, Arizona/USA

"Can't believe it's been 11 years bro. I wonder who you would be today. I miss you more and more each day! I can't wait to see you again and spend eternity together!"
Annie of Newark ohio

"hey little denny its dakota your cousin kellys boy, i miss you more and more each and every day i think about you quite a bit believe it or not i was 6 years old and you went way way to early and i always give you a prayer up to sky and up to heaven and up to the sky a lot and i know you're with the family all of us 24/7 i love you little denny and will never forget you without a doubt, you were an awesome cousin and my last memory with you was playing basketball on the little make shift court on the old basketball hoop in aunt kathy and uncle dennys backyard and i remember giving you a hug and you left and i never once seen you again, again i love you little denny so much!! hope you're up there having a blast and doing what you love and what you do best i can't wait to see you again!!"
Dakota Jackson of mentor on the lake, ohio USA

"Happy birthday big bro! Can't wait to see you again someday! I love and miss you!"
Annie of newark oh

"Happy Birthday Lil Denny, We miss you very much. Love Ma & Dad"

"Little Denny, 10 years is a long time. Still can't believe your gone. I see you everywhere, I hear your voice, your dad and I miss you very much. Thank you everyone for your thoughts. Love Ma & Dad"

"10 years. It has been a long time, but I remember you, Miller.

To Miller's family, I served in White Platoon, Deathdealers, 2-72 Armor. Your son was a couple years older than me at that point, but he was an absolute tanker through and through. There were days that the sergeants would have to tell him to put down the technical manuals and read a real book. He was squared-away, which is our way of saying he was always on top of his duties, his responsibilities, and he was a professional through and through. He loved the tanks as much as I did, if not more.

If I had to express to you the impact Miller's life was to those in the company he served with, I could only sum it up as being one of the very best. That is who he is, was, and will be. One of the very best.

May grace and peace find those who read this. Amen.

Until I see you on higher ground."
Brandon Fero of Stafford, Texas

"Well Denman it's coming up on 10yrs. It still feels like yesterday. I'll never forget that morning I was awaken by Moms screams. I will never measure up to the kind of person you were. I speak to you all the time. I know you are in Heaven smiling down, watching over all of us.....Mom, Dad, Riley, Gracie, Elliott, and Anthony. We will all be re united one day and it will be great. I miss you so much. I remember all the good and bad times we've had. Im sorry for all the mistakes I've made. You are everywhere around me."
Annie- sister of Dennis Miller Jr of Akron, Ohio

"Not a day goes bye that I do not think about Dennis. The argurment between Flowers and myself about him going on that mission. Dennis wanted to go, he was not scared, I could not deny him his desire to be a tanker. Dennis is a outstanding soldier, I will never forget him, I miss him, Im am sorry I took so long to say so. A very fine young man who is and always will be m friend and on my mind His dedication is what keeps me from giving up and quiting. Im sorry it so long for me to talk"
SSG Kellum

"I hope you are watching over my babies. I miss you so much. You will always be my hero! I love you so much."
Annie of Newark

"Little Denny, it's close to 9 years that you have been gone. The days seem to pass one by one with the hurt still the same. Riley, Gracie, Elliott, and Anthony are all getting big. Even though you never got to meet them, they sure know all about you. What a great uncle you are. Your dad and I miss you very much. Watch over Ann."
Proud Mother of PFC DENNIS J. MILLER JR of LaSalle Michigan

"To the family of Dennis Miller,

I was deployed with 1/506th, 2/2 BCT, along with Dennis, and I was in the HMMWV that was directly behind Dennis's M-1 the night he passed. Our mission was complete, and we were returning to our FOB. I was relieved to have the armor (Death Dealers) with our convoy, especially when we saw the burning tires on the road that night. This made our night vision less effective, and we knew what was coming.

The ambush came from the South, with the mosque just to the North as a backdrop. Dennis's M-1 was not immediately in the kill zone, but they maneuvered into it to try to cover the lightly, barely armored HMMWVs we were in. Heavy RPK fire was concentrated on his M-1, then RPGs. Several struck his M-1 with no effect, and we were so close we could feel Dennis's M-1 return fire with their coax. We were near the center of Ramadi, and the rules of engagement did not allow for any M-1 main gun fire at all as collateral damage would be too costly. Know that I believe one shot from their main gun could have ended that ambush.

I was not on Death Dealers internal company net, but I found out afterwards that the tank commander had ordered Miller to unbutton and return fire with the mounted 240. He did. I will remember for that night for the rest of my life, but know that Dennis did not just follow orders; he did so under the most intense circumstances. May he rest in peace and with our respect."
L. Smith of Seattle, WA

"Love you Brother...will always remember that quarter you stuck into that rock on top of that mountain we climbed in order to leave proof that we made it up there. I have a picture for the family as well. Please email me at jj.brown@us.army.mil"
SSG Brown J. of Fort Stewart, GA

"To my brother....I miss you more and more as each day passes.I have made alot of mistakes the past 8 years and I regret all of them. I have been talking about you alot the last month. I hear songs on the radio that remindme of you. Please continue to look after mom and dad. they miss you you more than anyone. I hope where ever you are you get to see your neices and nephews. They will grow up knowing what a true hero is. I love you and miss you so much! Please forgive me for all the lost time we can never get back."
Ann Miller of Newark Ohio

"the other day made it 7 years sence you have passed we miss you alot and love you more :("
vanessa of auburndale Fl

"the other day made it 7 years sence you have passed we miss you alot and love you more :("
vanessa of auburndale Fl

"To the family of:Dennis J.Miller,JR.
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""

"MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Behind every soldier there is a story to be told,From Private to veteran,young and old.All branches,men&women,brave soldiers none-the-less,All wanting to serve our country and give our very best.Each one of us has a mission and a job to do,And this is my story that I leave with you.I trained to the point I felt I couldn't train anymore,But nothing prepared me for the realities of war.Blinding sand storms and sweltering desert heat,And an unseen enemy we were all soon to meet.A young man eager and ready to fight,A boy turned into a man overnight.I'd try to sleep and drown out the sounds,As I listened to bombs and artillery rounds.Killing the enemy you know we must do,Knowing deep down he has a family like you.Soldiers with families,children,husbands and wives,And every single day we were risking our lives.As we learned numbers of our men and women lost,We remembered freedoms price and how high of a cost.We realized the battle was not just going on here,The battle was going on everywhere.Our families were also warriors as they battled and prayed,Not knowing if we were alive,well or o.k.There were brave wives left to raise their children alone,And families like mine to find I was not coming home.When I chose to go on my mission to Iraq,I knew when I left I may not come back.Now my family is left to fight the hardest battle of all,To go on without me with strenght and resolve.A battle not on a field,but one in their hearts and minds,Queations seeking answers they can't seem to find.As I leave this letter this is what I say to them:I know the battle will be hard but I know you can win,I know that your hearts are completely broken inside,But I know in the brokenness lies hope,strenght and pride.Every time you see an American flag waving high above,Remember I died for all I believed in and loved.Not the ending that we wanted,but I still made it home,And I can promise you this: I wasn't alone.As I walked up to the Lord in my black polished boots,I heard Him say,"Private Dennis Miller,stand and salute."And the rest of it I remember went something like this," Welcome home son mission accomplished." LOVE AND MISS YOU EVERYDAY.Proud mother of PFC DENNIS J MILLER JR"
kathy of Lasalle,Michigan

"To the person who has pictures of Dennis and dosn't know how to get them to the family. Please send me a message @ jderrick71@yahoo.com and I will let you know how to do that. My sister(Dennis's mom) would love them.. Thank you."
Joyce of Haines City, FL

"Dennis, its been over 6 years since we lost you, and everyday that passes you are always remembered in our hearts and prayers. You we a strong soldier, son, and husband. You were the first soldier that almost everyone met when we first came to D co, and you always made everyone feel like they are accepted right away. Ill never forget the good times we had and the smiles you put on our faces. With all the love in my heart i know you watch over everyone. We miss you brother"
Peoples of MA

"Lil Denny,
I can't believe it has been 6 years since we lost you. I still remember the phone calls from my mom and Ann at 6 in the morning on Veterans Day. I think about you all the time and tell everyone about how wonderful you were, and smart and funny, and the ultimate sacrifice you made. I will never forget all the fun we had growing up, going on trips and weeks at the fair and all the weekends thruout the years I stayed at the house. You will be forever loved and missed!!!"

"I wrote something here years ago. I knew Denny at Ft. Knox and talked about him being my best friend. Today I see another guy, Lincoln Moore also knew Denny at Ft. Knox and ALSO was best friends with him! What a great kid he was, everybody had a special connection with him.

I don't know. I want Dennis' family to know how truly loved he was by all of us. I have pictures of him that his family has never seen, from basic training, I would rather that they had these pictures but don't know how to get them to yall.

Dennis was great. I was a terrible soldier, couldn't figure anything out on the tank, couldn't run, couldn't do situps, kept screwing up. But Dennis seemed flawless, he was strong, fast, and smart as hell, good at all the things I was not and better at all the things I _was_ good at! He really wanted to be a soldier while I just wanted to figure a way to get out. When he got orders for Korea and I got mine for Germany, we knew, it being 2003, that I was going straight to Iraq and that he would be in Korea. He was luckier then I at that time and I remember feeling jealous of him just being in Korea while I would be stuck in the war. In those days we never thought the war would continue for years and years and that Dennis would, some day, be going to a worse place than I ever was. Never saw him again after that.

I remember one time we were standing in the rain in our company formation and these guys from 2nd platoon (Dennis always said, "Man, those 2nd paltoon guys are a bunch of goons, they look like a row of mugshots!") got into a scuffle with some guys in our platoon. While three or four guys tussled in the mud and puddles and the rain, Denny creeps up and dumps his canteen on down the back collar of one of the 2nd Platoon guys! It was hilarious and afterwards somebody said, "Miller! It's rainin man and you're throwing water on people?!" It was hilarious, everybody burst out laughing.

Another time when we got news that Kimberly had been in some car wreck and got hurt, I was hanging out in Dennis' room when he got the letter. He cried and cried because he couldn't go home to see her, it was too much - every soldier cries for his loved ones back home at least once. I sat next to him on his cot, we'd been laughing a moment before, I reached out to put a hand to him but I stopped short of his shoulder, too ashamed of myself to comfort him I just sat there telling him, "She'll be fine man, she knows you can't come home," and so forth. Anyhow, I still regret not putting my hand on his shoulder that time, it was silly not to have.

Well that's all I've got right now. Whenever I talk to guys from Ft. Knox we always talk about Miller, and whenever I try to tell other people about him I always struggle to do him justice. But nobody can really ever know what a bright, towering young man he was without having known him well."
Clifton Hicks of North Carolina

"To the Family and Friends of Dennis James Miller Jr. I was in a local convience store and saw they had dog tags hanging there I made a donation and they gave me one. The name on the tags was your son, I decided to do a little reasearch and found this page. I served in the US Army for 7 years and know what it is like to loose a close friend and loved ones but the pain of loosing a son never goes away I want to thank you for raising a strong and proud man. I know this because he served in the military and fought for our freedoms. Just be comforted by the fact that he is still remembered and shall never be forgotten! I am proud to wear his tag upon my neck.

Thank you."
Aaron of Plant City, Fl

"There is not a moment that WE do not forget you Denny. I always think about watching you and Mikey when you guys were little. WE miss you and never let anyone forget who you are and what you did for us. WE all look up to you both as a hero and in the sky. It will be Memorial Day tomorrow 2010. It will be a day WE give thanks and love to you ! Thanks cousin for making all of us proud to be a "Miller" and an "American" !"
Jason, Amy, Hunter, Holly of Brooklyn

"Lil Denny...
I still look back to the times where we used to write each other while you were in Iraq. I really wish we could of had the pleasure of meeting one another. All I can say is that your bravery and love will never be forgotten. What you gave to this country and our family is the ultimate sacrifice. I know your up there in heaven and just watching over all of us! Trust me.. your always on my mind, even though we never got to meet. Well I just wanted to stop by and leave you a little message just letting you know im thinking about you...
Love always; Erica.
"I noticed how beautiful the sky was today... then I realized it's because your up there."
Erica Jayne Yonkin of Davenport, Florida

"To the family of PFC Miller,

Dennis was my best friend during basic training at FT. Knox, KY. We were in the same platoon and bunked next to eachother. My heart goes out to his family and friends, Dennis was a model soldier and a great friend, he will truly be missed"
Lincoln Moore of Jericho, VT

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"To the family of PFC Dennis J. Miller Jr.

My name is Laura Gonzalez and my fioncee was also killed in Iraq shortly before your son. As I was going through info about him and the 2/72 I realized that I knew your son through my fioncee PFC Joshua Titcomb and wanted to give my condolences on your loss. I know that even after almost 5 years the pain doesn't ever go away, you just learn to live with it. I didn't know your son that well but still felt it necessary to let you know that he is still remembered.

Laura Gonzalez of Spring,TX

"Dear Family Of a Special Soldier" I will always remember the ride from Chicago back home to Toledo when we picked up Dennis and D.J. on their return from their tour in Korea.
I recall teasing Dennis about being married and told him he didn't look old enough to be out of high school, and I can still remember that bashful grin when I said that to him. I could never in my wildest dreams imagine that the next time I would see you, his family again, would be at the funeral home after Dennis was killed.
Every time I hear the Star Spangled Banner, or see Old Glory, I think of Dennis, and so many who have paid the price so we could be free. I thank God every day for Don (D.J.) and I will never be able to understand who or what determines who comes home and who pays the untimate sacrifice.
Please remember one thing, we will never forget Dennis, and D.J. will never forget. Right now it's too painful for him, but I want us to meet again some time. Until then, know you had a wonderful son who gave his life doing what he wanted to do - serving his country. You can be proud - we will always remember him and you. God Bless you all. Don's "Meem""
Shirley Mowery of Toledo, OH

"LIL Denny,

It's been a while since i've written anything. Currently i'm at JRTC for training getting ready to go back over to the big ol sand box. I happend back across this site and thought I would leave a few lines. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and the sacrifice you made in defense of our great country. I sometimes think to myself why some of us go back and forth overseas yet some of us never make it home? I guess only God can answer that and some day i'll find out for myself. I'll just have to live with the fact that you were needed in Heaven and know that I will see you again someday. Make sure you have a beer with my dad, as I know he'd like that. He sure did love his drink and from what i've heard you had a pretty good tolerence yourself. It seems i'm only rambling now so i'm gonna go. I just ask that you continue to watch over all of us, Family, friends, and Soldier's alike. You are sadly missed by all, but never will you be forgotten!!"
SGT Gerald (Lil J) Duvall of Fort Bragg, NC 28310

"It has been a while since you have been gone and I still never forget you. I wanted to be just like you but I can not with the heart condition anymore. Thank you does not even begin to cover what you have done for us, but I still want to say thank you. I miss you so much and I love you!"
Samantha Derrick of Davenport, Florida

"November 15, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Dennis J. Miller, Jr.:
Dennis 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"You gave the ultimate sacrifice for the rest of us, God bless and thank you don't even come close."
Dennis J Miller of Martins Creek, PA

"Just came across this page....same name as mine. A loss of a child is a pain that never goes away. My condolences"
Dennis J. Miller of Milwaukie, OR

"Today Little Denny you have been gone 3 years.I miss you more and more as each day goes by.I think of you everyday. Love and Miss you, Ma"

"Dennis and I were in the same platoon for basic and AIT down at Ft. Knox. He was always such a hard worker, a true inspiration to others. After graduation we all went our separate ways, Dennis went to Korea, I went back to the Michigan National Guard, but we all knew we'd be in Iraq eventually. I got word of Dennis's death shortly before I left for Iraq. It made the war that much more personal... I will always remember Dennis. I often wonder why I was lucky enough to get through unscathed and he was not. It makes no sense why some are taken and others left. I take heart knowing we will meet again."
SPC Patrick Buzzard of Kalamazoo, MI

"Lil Denny,

It's been about two and a half years since I found out you were gone. Sorry it's been so long but know not a day goes by that I don't think about you and what you died for. I was so proud when I first heard you were in the Military. I remember when I first found out you had been taken from us. I was actually home on leave in Michigan for Veterans day. We were all talking about how you were over in Iraq and how I was rumoured to go overseas again. They say you never really miss things until they're gone. Well I guess i'm responsible for that too. I lost touch with a lot of people when my dad passed and for that i'm sorry. I'm trying to be better now. Now I try to make a little time for all of those whom I used to see and for those I don't get to or haven't seen in years. For those I still haven't seen i'm still trying to track you down! Ok i'm bableing. I guess I just want to say thank you for sacrafice. For that you are loved and sadly missed. As I get ready to go back to Iraq for what will be my fourth deployment I pray for you to watch over my family, friends. I'm sorry we never got to serve side by side, know that it would have been an honor. I hope you and my dad aren't drinking too many beers? Save a few for me!! See you soon lil cousin!! Family and friends If you need to or want to talk please email me at gerald.duvall@us.army.mil"
SGT Gerald J. Duvall (LIL J) of Fort Bragg, NC (formerly Monroe MI) and soon to be Scania Iraq

"Lil Miller. I can't help but remember that radio call when I hear y'all were in contact. It's seared into my memory an, at times, infuses itself into my dreams. I miss you bubba. You were one great and goofy lil man with the heart of an ox."
CPT Robert E Ritz III of Ft Hood, TX

"Denny, Today your dad and I would like to wish you a Happy Birthday.We miss you very much.Love Ma & Dad"
Kathy of LaSalle

"To the family of:Dennis J. Miller, Jr. 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"

"Lil Denny,
It has been 2 years and some months now and it is still hard for me to believe that you're not here. You were like a brother to me Denny, your family was like my family and it is very different going to your house now and knowing that I'll never be able to go into your room and see you on the computer. I have so many fun memories of nights at your house, fair week, Kings Island, and Cedar Point. I cherish every memory I have. While you are in the Heavens, living in God's Glory, watch over your mom and dad. Give them courage and strength. Watch over Ann too, and give her guidence and stability. You were a great person and friend and you are missed more and more and more every day."
love, Casey

"Brother-2 years have came and gone since your death but it feels like yesterday...I talk to you all the time and i hope you hear me. Your new neice Gracie is so beautiful and i hope you watch over her and Riley. You were a great person and I am sorry It took so long for me to realize that. I love you so much and there isnt a day that goes by that I dont think about you and cry for you. Watch over mom and dad for me cause they need it....They are lost without you....Like my mom said I would also like anyone who served with him in the military to email..my email address is alllitup2003@yahoo...Only sister of PFC Dennis J. Miller Jr...."
Ann Scharer of Tazewell, Tn

"Today Little Denny you have been gone for 2 years.To a mother it seems like yesterday,you are always in my heart and on my mind.I miss you more and more with each passing day.I feel you all around me.When I close my eyes I can see you.I miss you very much.Love Ma Anyone that served with Dennis is welcome to e-mail me.my address is millhorse@yahoo.com it would be nice to hear from you.Proud mother of P.F.C.DENNIS J. MILLER J.R."
Kathy Miller of LaSalle,Mich.


I will never forget how you chose your friends above your own personal safety to be on that tank that day. You wanted to be on a tank so bad, and I made the 1SG put you on one...I was SO surprised when you ended up on my tank- I still remember that day together- you were a great crewmember as we sat in the hot sun all day.

We did everything right- it was a lucky shot and I'm still shocked that you're not here anymore. I pray for Kimberly and for your parents."
MAJ Dan Gade of Athens, GA


Hey man, there isnt a single day that goes by that the thought of you doesnt run through my mind. From basic training, to second tank in korea and gettting blitzed in TDC. And all the way to kuwait, you were one of my best friends. Ill never forget the last day we saw eachother. It was the night before both of our companies rolled over the berm to hear north into iraq. I told you to keep your head down, and dont be a hero, and that both of us were gonna make it out of this, and head home and get wasted at Platinum show girls. And ill never forget the day i was told that you had died, and having to talk to kimberley on the phone 14,000 miles away, while at your funeral.When i recently went home on emergency leave, i mustered up the courage to go to your grave, and pay my respects. I even left the original piece of paper that i wrote your address at camp ramadi on your tombstone.Man i miss you, you have no idea. The army just isnt the same without at my side. You and i were best friends man, and always will be. You were like the same age brother i never had. Make sure you keep watch over me "monroe", cause im headed back to that lovely sandbox again.and someday, we will meet again and have one hell of a party. Take it easy brother. Who ya wit? Deuce Tank! Second To None! Later Bro- "toledo""
Spc. Donald "Toledo" McGranahan II of Dco 2/8 cav Fort Hood TX USA

"Dennis and I served in the same platoon in Korea. I only served with him for a few months before my rotation back home. Even though I wasn't in the box with him, I'll never forget him. My last memory of him was on my last, his first, gunnery in Korea, we had to train with the Infantry for a week and one very clear night, he and I sat on top of the tank looking at the different constallations. Something I had never known what to look for until then. I still look up Dennis. He made such a huge impact on so many people in such a short time over there. He was one hell of a hard worker and a great soldier with an even greater potential. Take care Dennis....From one devildawg deathdealer to another!!! 1/3Gulf, 1st Platoon, D Company, 2-72 AR BN Out!"
Spc. Chris Miller aka "TRB" of Shelbyville, KY

"I serve with Miller in Korea and Iraq and He's the last person I drank with before we deployed to Iraq. I remember drinking so much with him and ended it up going to Popeyes Chicken, but instead we ended up going out and partying. Everytime he saw me, he always say "ocho ocho" and tell me this tagalog that I taught him. It's been 14 months now since you left. I never said my goodbyes and say ocho ocho again..You're my last drinking buddy before we went to that hell hole. You know what we did that night, with that rice?? That was so funny bro. The crazy nights at down range. That bacardi really got us good..but you know, until now even I'm back home and out of 2nd ID, I still haven't forgot you. Maybe I'm the only one that send a message out of our unit, because that last days in Korea and the last time I saw you taking pictures of our platoon was memorable moment...You take care there buddy, your'e always be in my heart. I wish I could give you my rank and pin you as a Sergeant now, but your true sacrifice deserves more than that..Your last drinking buddy, Sgt Cabulong "ocho ocho""
SGT Cabulong of West Covina, CA

I never knew you but i did know your wife i lived next door to her you paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country and you are greatly missed."
Jacob Tremblay of Newport, Mi

"Denny, i know that we wernt very close and i know that you didnt really know me but you will never realize the difference you made in my life. i will never forget you, i am so proud of you. i just wish i could tell you. i will miss you forever.
love, ang"
angela of novi, michigan

"Denny you are really missed and I can't believe that you are gone. I still remeber takin you on field trips to the zoo. I really hope that you are in a much better place. I still look at your picture everyday. You made a great influance on my kids that Sam wants to be just like you. We really love and miss you so much.. I can't wait until we can see you again. Love you always"
Uncle Scott,Aunt Joyce & kids of Davenport, Fl

"Dennis, You are one of the bravest people I have ever known. The day we found out you were gone, our world just stopped. I wish so much to be able to laugh and watch you, Mike, and your pal Steve dance and goof around at all of the "barn parties". More than anything, I can't wait for us to all be together again and for our son, Baby Noah to finally meet his Godfather. We are all trying to be strong through this and someday far away from now, it may begin to get easier to accept, but never ever forgotten. Not one day passes that I don't look up at the picture of us on your Wedding Day and wish that I could make plans for us to go hang out together again. Noah will always know all about you, Mike and I will always make it known to him that his Godfather was A Real Hero who has paid the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. We love you Denny Always and forever!!
-Maid of honor,Best Man and Godson... JoAnna, Mike, and Baby Noah"
Mike Miller, JoAnna Thomason, and Noah Miller of La Salle, Michigan USA

"My Husband, not a moment goes by where I don't miss you with all my heart. You are the love of my life, my soulmate, and my best friend. I still can't believe that all our future hopes and dreams together have been shattered.The whole situation still feels surreal. I wish we could've had more time together, more memories to make together and, more time to be a family. I will make sure that you are never forgotten. You truly are my American Hero. I am so proud of you Dennis and how you were willing to pay the ultimate sacrafice for all Americans to be safe. One day I will be with you again in paradise, and it will be for eternity as Husband and Wife."
Kimberly Miller, widow of PFC Dennis Miller Jr of Newport, MI

"To my son,an AMERICAN HERO,as each day passes I awake to the same thought,my little denny is gone.I am very very proud of you and all your accomplishment in your short lived life.Know that a day doesnt go by that I go to your grave and talk to you,tell you how much I miss you and that you will always be in heart.The pain and thought of you gone will NEVER NEVER go away.Know this Denny,A mothers heart will never stop breaking.But I do believe you are in a much better place than this hell hole we call earth.If I could trade you places you know that I would in a second.One day Denny we will be together again and when we are I will never let you out of my sight.Know I love you and miss you everyday.LOVE Ma"

""little denny"was a good cousin even though i didnt get to meet him before he died.me and denny where pin pals while he was in iraq we wrote to each other every time we had chances to.
one time when he sent me my first letter back he said "i cant wait to meet you ,i am comeing home soon and i want to spend some time with you, but it never got to happen he died on November 10 2004 ever before i got to see him. when i went to his funeral i got to stay and watch him get sent into the ground i got to be some one to put the first few shovels of dirt on him .the only chance i got to saY HI I ONLY GOT TO SAY BYE!i cried all day after the furneral.i wish he was still here for i can give him a huge hug!"
Erica Yonkin of Davenport,FL,U.S.A

"he was a good cousin and i can not beleive that it happened but it did and i love and miss him and i will always have a place for him in my heart for him and i feel sorry for my aunt kathy,uncle denny,ann ,and everyone that knew him and did not and to let them know i am sorry"
samantha derrick of davenport,florida

"My brother. He was and will always be my role model. I will never forgive myself for the years I lost not being a better sister to him. He was 21 years old when he made the ultimate sacrifice. I stare at his picture everyday and I wonder if he really is gone. And it brings me to tears because I know he is. I just hope that he is in heaven watching over me and his neice. I LOVE YOU DENNIS!!!"
Ann Miller of LaSalle, Michigan

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

"I don’t believe that we understand all that you gave, or how your sacrifice will affect the future for our sons or daughters. I believe you confronted the evil that has enslaved mankind throughout history, the same evil that many American soldiers have confronted in many battles.

I will teach my son and daughter of your sacrifice and your heroism.

Proud Family of Pfc. Kohler serving in Ar Ramadi, Iraq"
Anderson Family of Montana

"Dennis is with us all the time, in little strange ways, things that happen always bring"s him to mind. We love you Denny, Aunt Judy & Uncle Dave"
Judy miller

"He was A nice cousin even though I didn't know him that much.

Love you always Joseph Ayers Jr."
Joseph Ayers Jr. of Luna Pier,Michigan

"Dennis was my best friend when we were in basic training at Ft. Knox. Everything you hear about him is true, he was a great person."
Clifton Hicks of Buedingen, Germany

"To Dennis' Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Know that today I think of you as often as the day I met you at Dennis's funeral. Your family will always have a special place in my heart as we share the bond of loosing our sons. They are heros. Know that if you ever need a friend and someone who truely knows, call me."
Darcy Lewis mother of SPC Donald McCune KIA August 5, 2004 of Ann Arbor, MI

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Dennis, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To Dennis' Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Dennis Miller, Jr., 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 Pfc. Dennis Miller, Jr.:
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 Dennis 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. Dennis Miller, Jr.:
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 Dennis, 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