|Birth: ||Sep. 14, 1982|
|Death: ||May 29, 2003|
An obituary published in the Herald and Review for Brandon E. Miller, 20, of Savannah, Georgia, formerly of Shelbyville, states that he had died May 29, 2003 in a training exercise parachute jump in Fort Stewart, Georgia. He was born Sept. 14, 1982, in Coles County, the son of Edward and Bonnie Boys Miller. He was raised by his loving mother and father, Bonnie and Harry Fitzgerald. He was a graduate of Shelbyville High School in the Class of 2000. On his 18th birthday, Sept. 14, 2000, he joined the Army to be an Army Ranger. Brandon completed basic training and the infantryman's Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Ga. Upon completion of basic training and AIT, Spc. Miller attended the Army basic airborne course and the 75th Ranger Regiment's Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP). He was then assigned as a rifleman and squad automatic weapons gunner to 3rd squad, 3rd Platoon Alpha Co., 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. While assigned to the Rangers, Brandon participated in numerous training and combat operations, including Operation Enduring Freedom from December 2001 to April 2002 and Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2003 to April 2003. Additionally, Brandon's unit participated in the rescue mission of Jessica Lynch. His awards included the Covered Ranger Tab, Basic Parachutist's Badge, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Expert Infantryman's Badge. Surviving were his mother, Bonnie Powers and husband Jim of Findlay; sister, Brittany Fitzgerald of Shelbyville; grandparents, Carl and Lois Boys of Shelbyville; great-grandmother, Agnes Ground of Manteno; natural father, Edward Miller and wife Naidean of Pana; half brother, Rudie Miller of Pana; half sister, Hannah Miller of Pana; stepbrother and special friend, Luke Lehman of Pana; stepbrother, Ben Lehman of Ladysmith, Wis.; stepsister, Sarah Stricklin of Ladysmith; grandparents, Arnold and Doris Miller of Pana; great-grandmother, Alice Wirr of Pana. He was preceded in death by his aunt, Maureen Boys; grandparents, John and Helen Fitzgerald and Clint and Dorothy Miller.
Created by: Eileen Bridges
Record added: Jun 29, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92762658
In appreciation of his military service.|
Added: Jun. 29, 2012