SSGT Joshua Micah Mills

SSGT Joshua Micah Mills

Birth
El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
Death 16 Sep 2009 (aged 24)
Helmand, Afghanistan
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60 Site 8947
Memorial ID 42075915 · View Source
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Army Staff Sgt Mills was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle September 15 in Ghur Ghuri with an improvised explosive device. When Joshua was young, he wanted to be a paleontologist because he loved dinosaurs but at the age of 8 he decided he wanted to be a soldier. As a soldier, he would pretend to clear rooms with Nerf guns and his older brother was usually the one who was "cleared". This sometimes resulted in a loss of a few permanent teeth but then he moved on to paint ball games. Joshua graduated from Silva Magnet High School in El Paso, Texas where he was a member of the Junior ROTC and was on the rifle team. In 2005, he decided to follow in the footsteps of his father, Tommy, who was an air defense soldier at Fort Bliss, Texas and join the Army. He was a Special Forces candidate who was among 400 who qualified to train. Joshua was one of only eight who were awarded the "Green Beret". On July 15, 2009, he was deployed to Afghanistan as a communications sergeant. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan and he had also served in Guatemala. In Guatemala, Joshua taught Guatemalan soldiers to build helicopter landing zones as they fought the drug trade and in Afghanistan he trained Afghan national police to provide security for their own country. His awards and decorations include the Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terror Ribbon, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, and National Defense Service Ribbon. He was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and a Meritorious Service Medal. Joshua loved his wife, Magen, and young son. He loved his country and being a Green Beret. He knew what he was doing was important and could make a difference – even though he knew his job was dangerous, he wouldn't have had it any other way. As a Special Forces soldier, Joshua couldn't talk about his job, but he felt the unit's motto said what he couldn't, "De oppresso liber" – Free the oppressed.


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  • Originally Created by: Brenda N
  • Added: 17 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42075915
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Joshua Micah Mills (1 Nov 1984–16 Sep 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42075915, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Brenda N (contributor 46490312) .